As its golden anniversary approaches, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has reached yet another significant milestone in its rural electrification drive.

The agency, in partnership with all the electric cooperatives (ECs), has achieved the 13 millionth consumer connection based on the April data submitted to the NEA Information Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD).

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said this milestone is a concrete manifestation Of the strong commitment of the agency and the 121 ECs to spur social and economic development in the countryside through electrification.

“This is another milestone in the golden year of the Rural Electrification Program.”

“Our relentless efforts with respect to providing electricity to rural and remote areas of the country and usher in a bright future for our fellow Filipinos have borne fruit. This is another milestone in the golden year of the Rural Electrification Program,” Masongsong said.

Data showed that based on 2015 census, the percentage of energization rose from 80 percent in June 2016 to 91 percent in April 2019. This means an average of 275,238 new connections or an increase of 2 percent per semester were registered.

This coming August, the NEA will mark its 50th founding anniversary anchored on the theme “NEA@50: One with ECs and MCOs for Sustainable Rural Development.”

A series of month-long activities will be held to showcase the significant milestones of the NEA and ECs in its continuing efforts to uplift the lives of the Filipinos in the countryside through rural electrification.

Activities lined up for this year’s celebration include a three-day convention to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City from August 6 to 8 to be participated in by key officials from the government, electrification sector, and member-consumer-owners (MCOs).

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