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Japan to help strengthen the Philippines’ power distribution in Bangsamoro areas
Japan International Cooperation Agency chief representative Susumu Ito and the National Economic Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed on Thursday a P340 million project that aims to improve power distribution equipment being used in several areas in Mindanao.
It targets to improve the power distribution equipment of six electrical cooperatives (EC) in the Bangsamoro.
Based on the cooperatives’ report, energy losses in the region reach 26 percent due to outdated energy transmission equipment, which has been in the agency since the 70’s.
Energy transmission equipment distributes electricity from power plants to the consumers.
“We wish to thank the Japanese government for its invaluable support for the implementation of this project, as well as other priority program and projects of the Philippine government,” said NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia.
“Together, let’s work for successful implementation of this project. The upgraded energy infrastructure from JICA hopefully will pave way for economically vibrant Bangsamoro region, not just today but for a longtime into the future,” said JICA chief representative Susumu Ito.
It can be recalled that Mindanao experienced a number of rotational brownouts last year due to lack of power supply. – Aga Caacbay | UNTV News & Rescue
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