ECs connect 500K customers

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    Electric cooperatives (ECs) connected over 522,905 new electricity consumers last year, 14 percent higher than the 460,000 target, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said.

    The total consumer connections within the franchise areas of all 121 ECs nationwide now stand at 14.25 million.

    Edgardo Masongsong, NEA administrator, said the number of unserved consumers in the rural areas is now down to 1.55 million based on the 2015 census.

    NEA said 47 percent of the total consumer connections or 6.682 million are in Luzon while 27 percent or 3.788 million are in the Visayas and the remaining 26 percent or 3.783 million are in Mindanao.