By Juzel L. Danganan
MANILA, Dec 14 (PNA) – State-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor) hiked its power supply to Burias Island by four hours last week.
In a statement Monday, the government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) said “we can now extend the service hours of the Burias Island Diesel Power Plant (DPP) from 8 hours to 12 hours benefiting at least 1,857 households.”
The Napocor extended its operating hours in the area after a 300-kilowatt (kW) generating set was delivered to San Pascual, Masbate last Friday.
Napocor noted its president Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta.Rita led the ceremonial switch-on of the genset.
The GOCC added its president committed to electrify 9 more barangays in the town.
Napocor expects the new power source will help promote tourism with its longer operations, along with providing electricity for computers in schools.
The GOCC said it will distribute another 62 gensets in off-grid Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) power plants.
SPUG power plants are located in islands, powered by collections from grid customers through the Universal Charge for Missionary Electrification (UCME).
Currently, Napocor powers 800,000 households through its 290 SPUG plants.
The GOCC was mandated to electrify the off-grid areas. (PNA)