Electricity in all Arakan villages expected by January

“As much as possible, we would like to energize the remote barangays in the different towns of North Cotabato that are being served by our power cooperative,” Canja said.

The barangays in Arakan that would benefit from the electrification project are barangays Anapulon, Binoongan, Datu Mantangkil, Kabalantian, Napaliko and Katipunan.

“Our team visited these areas last week and we saw the near completion of the project. We  assured the constituents in these villages to finish the project before January 5 next year,” Canja said.

Canja said the same project would also be implemented in Barangay Kimamaling in President Roxas town in February 2007.

Arakan mayor Romulo Tapgos thanked the Cotabato Electric Cooperative for their effort in putting such project especially in the far-flung villages of his town.

Tapgos said his constituents in the six barangay-beneficiaries have been deprived electricity due to lack of funds to complete the project.

“This has been a dream of our people in these areas. Thanks to Cotelco that exerted efforts in order to realize this dream with the help of PNOC and DOE," Tapgos said.

The North Cotabato provincial government has also shelled out funds for the O Ilaw project to energize the remote barangays and sitios of the province’s 16 towns and the City of Kidapawan. 

Almost 85% of 517 barangays all over North Cotabato are reported to have access to electricity. (Williamor A. Magbanua/MindaNews)