MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro President Benigno S. Aquino III reaffirmed his full support to the countrys Rural Electrification Program when he led the ceremonial lighting of 97 sitios in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Occidental Mindoro at the Provincial Capitol Compound here on Thursday.
The Chief Executive, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the anniversary celebration, was assisted by local officials led by Occidental Mindoro Gov. Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato during the switch-on ceremonies.
This years anniversary theme is Matuwid na Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago.
The President was welcomed by Gov. Sato, Vice Gov. Mario Gene J. Mendiola and Paluan Mayor Abelardo S. Pangilinan, among others.
Gov. Sato said President Aquino is the second president, after his mother, the late President Corazon C. Aquino, to visit Mamburao.
The 97 energized sitios represent the areas covered by the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) and the Lubang Electric Cooperative Inc. (LUBELCO).
By the end of December 2012, the OMECO and the LUBELCO intend to energize 38 more sitios in the province.
The Aquino government has put electrification at the forefront of the country's development measures through the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) which is being implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide.
The program involves the electrification of grid and off-grid sitios through the electric cooperatives.
President Aquino also led the ceremonial inauguration of the Mompong Yapang Bridge located in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. He was assisted by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, other DPWH officials and Occidental Mindoro officials.
Later, the President also administered the oath-taking of new officials and members of the Liberal Party- Occidental Mindoro chapter. (PNA)