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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO) has identified a total of 9,257 households without electricity throughout Southern Leyte. They will be made beneficiaries of the Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) program.

The NIHE is in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Local Government of Southern Leyte, the SOLECO report said. It is a locally funded project for the 2016-2017 by DOE in support to the national mandate of total electrification by providing assistance fund in order to increase access to electricity service for qualified unlit households. It is aimed to attain the national total percentage to 90% of households with legitimate electric service connections for the year 2017. Covered also in this program are those houses  affected by calamities, it was learned. The grant under NIHE is P3,750 per household in the form of house wiring materials that include wiring installation, labor, kilowatt-hour meter and the service drop wire, the report added. The total estimated cost of this program for 2016 is P34,713,750.00. A toal of 16 municipalities and one city are included under the said electrification program, one for Maasin City and from the total 18 municipalities in the province, only Liloan and Limasawa however, are not beneficiaries of the program. The report disclosed that the proposed timeline of the implementation is 180 days from the approval date of the budget which is still under evaluation and subject for approval by the DOE. SOLECO said that with the realization of this program, it will open gateways to the unlit households the opportunity to enjoy and improve the quality of living through basic electric service connection. (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)