Philippine electricity provider Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has achieved its goal of electrifying 536 priority areas in the Philippines last June 2021 and has now lit up an additional 19,332 households.

The company has allocated Php 1 billion for its electrification scheme, which aims to bring energy to consumers in all of its franchise areas by 2022.

“Our commitment to provide electric service to our unserved and underserved customers through our Meralco Electrification Program projects is on track. We have also identified and are energizing the remaining households to fully energize our entire franchise area,” shared Meralco Spokesperson and Vice President for Corporate Communications Joe Zaldarriaga.

According to Zaldarriaga, they were originally planning to electrify 100 percent of their coverage area in 2020, however, the pandemic delayed projects and operations. Nevertheless, he assured that they’re committed to providing reliable power to their customers even with the presence of the pandemic.

“The imposition of community quarantines was indeed a challenge but this did not stop us from ensuring our commitment to continuously provide adequate, stable and reliable power to all our customers, especially that electricity plays a very crucial role amid the country’s ongoing vaccination program,” he said.

Meralco’s program is under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2019 directive, which tasked electric cooperatives in the Philippines to “attain 100 percent household electrification by 2022.”

The company makes use of microgrid systems powered by renewable energy to provide electricity to customers residing in far-flung areas. The system generates power through solar energy, which is backed up by batteries and diesel generators to ensure that service is uninterrupted.

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