ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur - Finally, communities in this river town, including far-flung highland villages, now have lighted homes after several years without electricity.
These communities were formally energized early this week in festive rites attended by top provincial, municipal and local electric cooperative officials.
Connected to the grid of the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) were Purok 1 and Sitio Libertad in Barangay Tandang Sora and Sitios Japao and Acday of Barangay Guadalupe.
The project costs were P1 million with 82 households tapped with power supply for the first time in their lives and P2 million with 91 households.
Funds were sourced from the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of President Benigno S. Aquino III and implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) through ASELCO.
Gracing the ceremonial switching on were Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza, Agusan del Sur 1st District Rep. Maria Valentina G. Plaza, Vice-Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., Esperanza Mayor Leonida Manpatilan, and top ASELCO officials.
During the switching ceremonies, Governor Plaza called on residents to help ensure the sustainability of the project by religiously paying their monthly bill.
"With the convenience of having electricity, you could now focus on working in increasing your income to give your family and children a better future," said the provincial Chief Executive.
He added: "Your children can now study better at night and I urge you to give your all-out support in their education."
With the help of NEA through ASELCO, the provincial government is eyeing to energize more than 70 highland and far-flung communities before 2016.
Meanwhile, Tandang Sora Barangay Chairman Marites Bada here expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the officials for the electrification project.
"We have long been clamoring for electricity and its realization will spell development in our villages," she said.