Published July 11, 2017, 10:01 PM By Myrna M. Velasco
A policy has been institutionalized via a joint circular that was signed by two relevant government agencies on the compensation and payment scheme for power facilities that shall be affected by state-sanctioned infrastructure projects.
That circular was signed between the Department of Energy and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) fleshing out a “unified scheme” on compensation for power facilities, including that of the electric cooperatives, that shall be moved to other sites relative to construction undertakings on government projects.
In a statement to the media, the energy department emphasized that the joint circular “prescribes uniform guidelines and procedures for the proper payment of compensation and/or recovery of cost in the event of the need to relocate the distribution/sub-transmission lines of electric cooperatives.”
As stipulated in the newly signed edict, the government agency that shall be implementing a public works project shall coordinate with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives “to address the right-of-way concerns related to the affected facility, including claims for compensation and determination of relocation sites.”
Further, the circular provides “an appropriate formula in the determination of proper compensation to the electric cooperative for the cost of the removal of affected facility.”
Often, in the State’s infrastructure build-up agenda, some electric power facilities are getting affected in the process.
On the pact with DPWH, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said “we have to address situations where the facilities of electric cooperatives need to be relocated due to government projects.”
He noted that such could come in the form of road widening, bridge construction or any other development paradigm.
The energy chief stressed that while the country pushes its agenda for economic advancement, vital sectors being affected shall not be left out without giving them due attention and compensation.
He asserted “this joint initiative is in cognizance of the need to provide continuous, adequate and reliable electricity services to consumers while government projects are underway.”