The Philippines seeks assistance from China to promote the development of transmission projects
The Philippine Department of Energy is seeking assistance from China's National Energy Board and China State Grid Corporation to explore how to quickly advance the development of transmission lines in the southern and central parts of the Philippines.
Philippine Energy Minister Alfonso Cousy and the Chinese energy ministers meet to discuss the development of the Southern Sudan power grid backbone and its potential to deliver electricity to Mindanao families. A series of power outages this month continued to make Mindanao part of the darkness.
Cousy said that the assistance sought from China is more technical expertise, how the energy sector to speed up the transmission development plan. The national electrification administration reported that the electrification rate in the southern Philippines was only 74 per cent compared with the central and northern parts of the Philippines and 95.5 per cent and 94 per cent in the central and northern parts, respectively.
Cousy stressed that if Mindanao wants peace, all families have electricity.
Despite the government's efforts to implement new economic development initiatives in Mindanao, at least one quarter of the island's population is still below the poverty level, analysts say the problem is one of the underlying causes of Mindanao as a breeding ground for terrorists. Mindanao's Basilan and Sulu provinces are the poorest provinces of the Philippines, known as radical cradles of radical extremism.
The Department of Energy predicts that the interconnection between the Viessas grid and the Mindanao grid will help to tackle poverty in the region and promote peace and development.
The Philippine Star reported that the interconnection of the Viaceas grid and the Mindanao power grid began in the 1980s, but the consolidation of the power sector was postponed again due to administrative reforms and new legal reforms.
Mindanao has a population of 21 million, is the home of the Philippine President Dutterter.