National Electrification Administration (NEA) chief Edgardo R. Masongsong is currently studying the creation of a program aimed at helping energize the farms in the country.
Masongsong expressed interest in crafting an electrification program for farmers during his recent dialogue with the officials of the North Eastern Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (Neleca) at the main office of Isabela I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Iselco I) in Alicia, Isabela.
“Let us not just focus on electrifying the nation’s households. Let us focus as well on energizing our country’s farms,” the NEA administrator said, adding that the electrification of the farms will give farmers the opportunity to increase production and increase their revenues.
“Ang experience namin doon sa Aklan ang daming fishpond pero kokonti ang production kasi traditional na fishpond. Pero ‘nung nag-introduce kami ng aerator sa mga fishpond doon sa Aklan, dumami ‘yung produksyon nila ng bangus, ‘yung may aerator, kasi gagamit ka ng kuryente doon,” explained Masongsong.
Administrator Masongsong was in Isabela last Tuesday, May 9, to grace the inauguration and formal energization of the 20 MVA Substation and Drive-thru Collection Office of Iselco I located in San Fermin, Cauayan City.
Iselco I General Manager Virgilio L. Montano said the 50-million facility, which has been operational since March of this year, will provide additional energy supply to the towns of Cauayan City, Cabatuan and Luna.