Steag energizes more villages
Oroquieta City – Nine (9) more villages in the region have been energized recently following the completion of the PhP 4.67 million electrification project in nine (9) sitios of Misamis Occidental. The project is part of the Fostering Rural Electrification and Energization (FREE) Program of energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) and undertaken in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Misamis Occidental I Electric Cooperative (MOELCI), and the concerned local government units of the recipient communities.
Recipient communities are situated in remote areas of Aloran, Sapang Dalaga and Oroquieta City, in Misamis Occidental. The areas were identified following the prioritization process of DOE and as part of its nationwide program “Energy Access for More”. Recently energized communities include: Purok 6, Brgy Labo, Aloran; Purok 1 Lawis, Brgy Bautista, Purok 3, Brgy Bitibut, Purok 3, Brgy El Paraiso, Sitio Bareta, Brgy Medallo, Purok 2 & 3, Brgy San Agustin, Sitio Sinuyak, Brgy Bitibut, Purok 1A, Brgy Guinabot, in Sapang Dalaga, and Bagong Tipan, Brgy Toliyok in Oroquita City. The program aims to spur socio economic development especially in the rural areas by enabling communities to have access to basic infrastructures such as electricity.
STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), which owns and operates Mindanao’s only coal-fired power plant situated in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, sets aside at least 1-centavo for every kWh of its electricity sales to support the government’s nationwide electrification program as well as community development and environmental protection projects benefitting its host communities in the region. Aside from the MisOcc electrification project, Steag has also earmarked more than PhP 27 million for the energization of at least 32 villages in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.