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DOE failed to meet electrification targets – COA

MANILA, Philippines – Audit Committee (COA) said on Friday that the Department of Energy (DOE) failed to meet its targets to provide full electrification for 450,000 households.

In the audit report for 2018, the COA said the DOE Household Intensification Electrification Program (NIHE), which has a P2,350 billion budget "has not yet reached its goal of providing full electrification of 450,000 households by the end of 2018."

State auditors say 17.14 percent or only 77,121 households from 450,000 households have provided electricity.

The Commission also found that government agencies only paid 38.80 percent or P498.438 million of the total contracts given to 78 Distribution Utilities (DU) worth P1,288 billion. This leaves P757,839 million in funds that have not been released for DU.

"Low shipping rates and utilization rates are mainly due to the lack of public offerings in the procurement of Distribution Utilities services that best meet the requirements for implementing the project and some of the shortcomings recorded in the project documents and implementation processes for the program," read the report. / ee

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