PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has approved a proposal to connect Palawan and Mindoro to the power grid, the Palace said at a briefing.
He made the decision during a meeting on missionary electrification, press briefer Daphne Oseña-Paez said on Tuesday.
Palawan and Mindoro are the two largest islands which are currently not connected to the national power grid. The grid currently connects Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
She said Mr. Marcos also ordered an evaluation of potential renewable energy projects for 125 other off-grid islands “served by the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG).”
SPUG is an arm of the National Power Corp. specializing in operating small power generation facilities for off-grid areas.
“He ordered for all new renewable energy sources to be more holistic in outlook, to look beyond supplying power to households, and to support the growth of industries in the countryside,” she added.
In his second address to Congress in July, Mr. Marcos promised to achieve full household electrification by the end of his six-year term. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza