PNOC pledges P50M for North Cot electrification

This was disclosed by PNOC-EDC president Paul Aquino to Gov. Emmanuel Piñol during their meeting in Metro Manila last week.

Piñol disclosed that 10 towns of the province would benefit from PNOC’s “O Ilaw” project which would be implemented first quarter of 2007.

The 10 towns are Antipas, Arakan, Magpet, Makilala, Matalam, President Roxas, Mlang, Carmen, Alamada and Midsayap.

Piñol said the “O Ilaw” project will prioritize far-flung barangays that for so long have been deprived of electrification projects.

He said some 40 barangays of the 10 towns were already given appropriations based on the list of barangays identified by the PNOC-EDC management.

“This project is the response of the PNOC as part of the request made by the province of North Cotabato that aims to energize 553 barangays,” Piñol said during his radio program “Pareng Gob.”

North Cotabato was given priority in the “O Ilaw” project because it hosts the Mount Apo geothermal project.

“With this development, we are showing to our constituents that their government is doing everything to address their needs, especially those in the hinterland areas,” Piñol said.

Meantime, Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) Party-list Rep. Edgar Valdez will lead the switch-on of electrification projects in five barangays of the province in December. (Williamor A. Magbanua / MindaNews)