Bangsamoro power deal forged

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - BUSINESS - By Ron­nel W. Domingo @RonWDomin­goINQ

The Na­tional Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion has inked a deal with a Ja­panese sup­plier for a 771-mil­lion yen (about P375 mil­lion) project to im­prove the power dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem in the Bangsamoro area.

NEA ad­min­is­tra­tor Edgardo Ma­song­song said in a state­ment Osaka-based gen­eral trad­ing firm Nishizawa Ltd. had sub­mit­ted the best of­fer among five bid­ders for the Japan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency-funded “Project for Im­prove­ment of Equip­ment for Power Dis­tri­bu­tion in Bangsamoro Area.”

Nishizawa won a con­tract for the pro­vi­sion of power sup­plies—in­clud­ing 425 units of trans­form­ers as well as poles and wires—and 16 brand-new boom trucks that will be used to re­ha­bil­i­tate the net­works of six elec­tric co­op­er­a­tives op­er­at­ing in Min­danao.

Nishizawa will also be in charge of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of train­ing, fo­cus­ing on the han­dling of in­su­lated wire and oper­a­tion train­ing of the boom trucks.

The util­i­ties that will ben­e­fit from the project in­clude Lanao del Sur Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Maguin­danao Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Basi­lan Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Sulu Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Tawi-Tawi Elec- tric Co­op­er­a­tive, and Si­asi Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive.

“The Philip­pine gov­ern­ment through NEA ex­presses deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment through JICA for its im­me­di­ate re­sponse to the call of Pres­i­dent Duterte to help the coun­try’s elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gram in the ru­ral ARMM (Au- tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao),” Ma­song­song said.

“The as­sis­tance will fur­ther the de­vel­op­ment of the ARMM, es­pe­cially the Ba­sulta (Basi­lan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) area which had been iden­ti­fied by the Pres­i­dent as a pri­or­ity for so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

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