DOE to complete inspection of LGU-hosted power projects
Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - June 14, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) is eyeing to complete within the year the inspection of power projects that will benefit host local government units (LGUs).

In a statement yesterday, the DOE said it has tasked Electric Power Industry Management Bureau – Rural Electrification Administration and Management Division (EPIMB-REAMD) to complete the inspection of the all projects funded under ER 1-94 program or Benefit to Host Communities Program  within the year.

So far, the EPIMB-REAMD has successfully inspected 53 out of 72 development projects that have been implemented by various LGUs hosting generating facilities or power plants.

“The DOE has been working hard to complete the close-out of ER 1-94 projects so that the succeeding financial benefits will benefit the host communities directly,” Cusi said.

The inspections are in line with the circular signed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, which redirects the administration of ER 1-94 program to LGUs.

It also follows the first implementation advisory letter on the guidelines for the direct remittance of financial benefits by generation companies to their host communities starting this year.

Under the program, LGUs are entitled to avail of financial benefits for hosting energy resources and/or energy-generating facilities within their territorial jurisdiction.

The program provides for generation companies and/or energy resource developers to set aside P0.01 per kilowatt-hour of their total electricity sales as financial benefits to host communities.

The said amount shall be allocated to three types of funds: one-half of one centavo for the electrification fund of the concerned distribution utilities, one-fourth of one centavo for the development and livelihood fund and another one-fourth of one centavo for reforestation, watershed management, health and/or environment enhancement fund of the host LGUs.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS
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