The provincial government is set to install two power generating sets to Mangsee Island, the province’s most remote territory in southern Palawan close to the maritime border with Malaysia.
The provincial government said that under its Village Electrification Program undertaken in partnership with the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), the facility will benefit more than 9,000 local residents, mostly fisherfolks and barter traders based in the island.
Governor Jose Alvarez had earlier sought the assistance of NAPOCOR in providing electricity service to the off-grid island barangays including Mangsee Island. The partnership was firmed up through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
The two electric power generators will have the capacity to produce 85 KVA base load each unit sufficient to address the needs of a medium-size community for electricity service on a controlled operating time of 10-12 hours daily.
Taking into account the limited financial capability of the recipient barangay, the provincial government said it provided some counterpart funding the project by allocating funds for the rehabilitation of the powerhouse, construction of the perimeter fence and the installation of the power distribution lines that will deliver electricity service to households in the island.
Alvarez underscored the importance of the project, stating during its turnover ceremony its importance in helping develop the economic potential of Mangsee Island, which is cited as an important transit point to other BIMP-EAGA destinations in Malaysia because of its proximity to the island of Sabah.
“I am asking the local residents to take care of this project so that you can maximize its use for longer period of time,” Alvarez said.