- SoKor gov’t also donates P150M foreign aid for the upgrading work
BURGOS, Ilocos Norte, Dec. 24– The South Korean government through its engineering personnel have voluntarily helped the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative in upgrading its old cable lines and transformer units from Burgos area to the northernmost town of Pagudpud, officials said.
The Sokor government also donated P150 million foreign aid for the said upgrading work, they said.
It was learned that the South Korean government had clarified that it didn’t expect any favor in return but it just wanted INEC to share its own technology in rural electrification.
INEC General Manager Engr. Felino Agdigos was deeply impressed by the high-quality and sophisticated electrical materials used by the Korean engineers saying “the new materials are weather coated and they used the most expensive conductors” in the upgrading work.
Other INEC officials expressed optimism that as a result of this upgrading and replacing of the old cable lines and transformers with new modern ones, brownouts are minimized, system losses are reduced and hopefully, the charge rate of electric consumption may dip to 50 centavos per kilowatt hour.
Meanwhile, member-consumers in Laoag City, Batac City, and other southern-eastern towns of the province urged the INEC management to do the same upgrading of its lines and transformers to have equal electrification benefits like those in the northern towns. (DD, IS)