69 unserved, underserved


    The Department of Energy (DOE) has declared a total of 69 places in Negros Occidental and Palawan as remote, underserved and unserved areas open for provision of electricity services by the private sector as qualified third-party (QTP).

    The DOE said six of the service areas are in the franchise areas of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative while the 63 are under Palawan Electric Cooperative Inc.

    “The DOE is determined to fasttrack its total electrification program for the country. We will make electricity available to all unserved and underserved households in the country and the QTP program will help us realize our goal,” said Secretary Alfonso Cusi, in a statement.

    The program, allowed by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, encourages the private sector to participate in rural and missionary electrification by becoming an alternative electric service provider.

    Participation as a QTP is open to any party, including but not limited to private firms, local government units, cooperatives, non-government organizations, generation companies or their subsidiaries as well as distribution utilities and their subsidiaries which demonstrated capability and willingness to comply with technical, financial and other requirements through a competitive bidding process.

    Parties shall conduct the bidding for QTP within 20 working days from the date of posting of the QTP service areas but the National Power Corp. can take over its conduct if they fail to comply with the requirements.