MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO) Inc. has initiated the “Light A Home Project” (LAMP) to provide free legitimate electric connection to indigent families that cannot afford to provide on their own, Member Development Officer Alan A. Ferrer told.

  The LAMP is particularly initiated by the SOLECO Pacific Area employees and primarily intended to the indigent families in the said area composed of St. Bernard, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan and Silago.   Ferrer said that the project is inspired with the effort of attaining the goal of Electricity for All, an advocacy from the previous administration which is the “Total Household Electrification by Year 2020.”   This is also the initiative of SOLECO to contribute and accelerate the mandate of total electrification in the province.   As of this writing, there are a total of 5 households energized since its conception with the help of the generous people who  willing to extend help to the poor through electricity. “We are continuously looking for benefactors with good heart to share their blessings to continue this project,” Ferrer disclosed.   The criteria of this project are the following: the beneficiary must be within 30 meters from the electric service pole (Secondary line); must be indigent,the poorest among the poor; house must be made of indigenous materials;the indigent family must have children in school; and mostly, those single parent with children in school. The total budget is Php 5,000 per household to defray the expenses of materials, labor, and processing for this project.  It includes free house wiring and service dropping materials inspired by Sitio Electrification Program (SEP); free kwh Meter; free installation of HWM; and free processing.    "Our target for this project is that our beneficiaries will no longer pick from their own pockets for any expenses in connection with their application for new electric service connection," Ferrer informed.   It must be noted that Installation of house wiring materials must be done with the Authorized Barangay Electrician (ABE) of SOLECO, the report added. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)