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DoE stumbles in P2.4-B electrification program

The P2.35-billion Nationwide Intensification Household Electrification (NIHE) program has not achieved its purpose, a report from the Commission on Audit (CoA) said.

According to the CoA audit report on the Department of Energy (DoE) for 2018, the program was supposed to attain full electrification of 450,000 households by the end of last year.

However, only 77,121 households (HHs) or 17.14 percent of the target gained access to electricity, the report said.

NIHE is a grid program of the DoE that aims to help the government accomplish a 90 percent nationwide household-level electrification by 2017. Responsible for the program are the Energy Power Industry

Management Bureau and the Rural Electrification Administration and Management Division (REAMD) of the DoE.

The program was expected to be completed by the end of 2017 but the program was extended up to 2018, the report said. It would cease operation this year “due to low implementation”, the report added.

CoA said the low physical outputs in terms of electrification of HHs and utilization of funds can be attributed to deficiencies in project documents and implementation processes.

“Per submitted status report, delays were encountered due to non-submission of complete documentary requirements by DUs in relation to the procurement activities”, the report explained.

The audit team believed “that the DOE was not yet ready or not fully equipped with adequate resources to handle a project. Based on their mandate, they are more of energy policy crafting, monitoring and

regulatory functions rather than project implementer which resulted in non-completion of the NIHE Program,” the report added.

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