The National Electrification Administration (NEA) through Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) will start the construction of submarine cable and rehabilitation of power lines in Sipaway Island this month as said during the groundbreaking ceremony at the Reclamation Area last November 10, 2015.

City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr. (2nd from right) leads the ceremonial groundbreaking of Sipaway Island
installation of power submarine cable and rehabilitation of power lines in Sipaway Island last November 10, 2015.
Together with (L-R) Escalante City Mayor Melecio  Yap, Cong. Julio A. Ledesma IV, NEA Administrator Edita Bueno
and NONECO General Manager Atty. Danny Pondevilla.

Said project was allocated P48 million wherein P4 million of the budget is for the rehabilitation in the island which will include upgrading of power lines and replacing old poles to avoid corrosion while the P44 comprised the manufacturing of submarine cables and cost of construction.

 The three kilometer submarine cables will be placed parallel to the marine pipes constructed by the local government of San Carlos City for the water supply of Sipaway Island.

According to Atty. Danny Pondevilla, a potential 1,000 consumers of the two barangays namely, Barangays Ermita and San Juan will be catered with its three Megawatt power load which will be sufficient enough for the development of the island.

Pondevilla added that said project was made possible with the help of the office of the Congressman Julio Ledesma IV who made a follow-up for the release of the budget which will be completed in a maximum of six months.

Edita S. Bueno, Administrator of NEA, was thankful for the said project and that people in the other island will now enjoy a 24 hour power supply and pay lesser power rates.

On the other hand, Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. was also grateful that after three years of venturing into bringing water supply to the island, electrification came next and will soon be realized.

As of now, more than 500 Sipaway island households rely on the diesel-fueled generator provided by NONECO that powers up the area between 6 to 11 in the evening, Vicente Baladhay Jr., Area Manager of NONECO said.

Edita Bueno, Chief of National Electrification Administration led the groundbreaking ceremony together with Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr., Mayor Melicio Yap of Escalante City, Atty. Danny Pondevilla, General Manager of NONECO and Congressman Julio Ledesma IV of the 1st District of Negros Occidental. 

Board Member Renato Gustilo, Vice Mayor Edgardo Quisumbing, SP Member Christopher Paul Carmona, government officials of the city, representatives of NONECO and others also graced said event.