LAOAG CITY, July 6 — Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is eyeing for a full energization of the province with the delivery of power service to a remaining unlighted remotest village in an upland town.
Marcos said only Sitio Bucarot in Adams town remains unlighted among all the 23 towns and cities in Ilocos Norte.
She urged the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative to light up the sitio and become the country’s first electric coop to have achieved full electrification program.
“Let us give Sitio Bucarot power this year. Let us be the first electric cooperative to complete 100 percent electrification,” the lady governor said during her first-of-its-kind S.O.P.A. (State of the Province Address) which she delivered last June 29.
INEC has always led other coops in the country in terms of management and performance as evidenced by dozens of recognition that the National Electrification Administration had awarded to INEC.
Retired General Pedro Dumol, then NEA administrator during the Marcos regime, said INEC has always bested other electric coops.
“Tell me another coop which has better services than INEC and I couldn’t think of another,” he said.
Dumol, who graced the governor’s state of the province address last week, had continued to share his expertise on the power industry to help develop Ilocos Norte’s bid as the center of renewable energies.
Dumol said the province can boost its tag as home to the first wind power farm in Southeast Asia by taking a step further.
“Ilocos Norte can also be the seat of solar power because it has a lot of sunshine and unique sand dunes,” he said. (ANL/CCA/CJD-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)