2,497 households in Ifugao electrified in 2013 under SEP
LAGAWE, Ifugao, (PIA)- - A total of 27,678 households in this province has electricity as of December 31, 2013.
Based on the record of the Ifugao Electric Cooperative (IFELCO), there were 2,497 household connected with electricity in 2013 under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of the government. As of 2012, Ifelco had 25,181 household connections.
IFELCO General Manager Jaime Pe Benito said that Ifugao has a potential household of 39,479 power users. He is calling on the prospective to take advantage of the SEP which provides free kilowatt hour meter, 30 meters of service drop and P2,500.00 worth of house wiring materials. This is available until the end of the program in 2016.
About 163 sitios in the eleven municipalities are targeted for electrification under the SEP.
IFELCO is also encouraging it member-consumers to pay their electric bills promptly to avoid disconnection and the payment of reconnection fees. The electric coop recently advised that it shall strictly implement disconnection and reconnection of power service policy.
The policy provides that disconnection of electric service of member consumers shall be done upon non-payment of electric bills, illegal use of electricity or pilferage, upon lawful orders of government agencies or the court, when public requires, upon request of the registered consumer and allowing other end-users to be connected to be connected to their electrical installations whether for profit or not.
Reconnection takes effect within 24 hours after the payment of the electric bills, arrears, penalties, meter seal, 12% expanded value added tax and reconnection fee of P157.92 for residential consumers and P269.92 for commercial consumers to IFELCO.
Consumers are given 12 days to settle their electric bills after receipt of the Statement of Account which shall also serve as the Disconnection Notice and the consumers who fail to pay within the 12-day period shall be disconnected from their power supply.(JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)