The National Electrification Administration (NEA), together with some 121 electric cooperatives (ECs) will conclude the month-long celebration of the 9th National Electrification Awareness Month (NEAM) with nationwide simultaneous line clearing and tree planting activities on Aug. 31.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the line clearing activity seeks to highlight the importance of consumer involvement in maintaining the distribution lines to ensure better and uninterrupted electric service to households in rural areas.
Masongsong explained that trees are a common cause of power outages and interruptions within the coverage areas of ECs.
“This effort has proven our resolve to actively support and directly contribute to our country’s holistic approach to a Greener Philippines towards climate change mitigation.”
“Trees can cause fire and safety hazards when they come in contact with power lines,” said Masongsong.
“With NEA at the lead and in cooperation with 121 ECs, we would like to emphasize that line clearing or clearing of vegetation within the distribution system of the ECs should be done regularly,” the NEA chief added.
The NEA and ECs will likewise conduct a tree-planting activity on August 31. This undertaking is also in support of the government’s National Greening Program.
“This effort has proven our resolve to actively support and directly contribute to our country’s holistic approach to a Greener Philippines towards climate change mitigation,” Masongsong said.
NEA and ECs yearly holds tree planting activities since 2012.
“We are mobilizing not just the workforce of the ECs but to include their member-consumer-owners so that they will not just be blaming the ECs of the interruptions that are being caused by the vegetation,” Masongsong said.
NEAM is celebrated annually during the month of August pursuant to Proclamation Order No. 1743. This year’s chosen theme is “Electricity Access for All: A Platform for Nation Building.”