Joint circular to address line relocation

FOR THE swift implementation of infrastructure projects, two national government agencies have signed a joint circular for uniform guidelines in the payment of compensation to relocate the lines of the electric cooperatives (ECs).

This was signed on Monday by Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Public Works and Highways.

In the joint circular, it “shall apply to all existing and/or future facilities and assets owned by ECs directly related to distribution or sub-transmission lines located along, upon under and across publicly owned lands and public thoroughfares, including without limitation, all roads, highways, streets, alleys, bridges and causeways, that require relocation as a result of the implementation of a national government project.”

The implementing agency, the circular cited, has to determine and pay the proper compensation to the EC for the cost of the removal of the lines.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement that it addresses the issues that cause delay and preventing road works. He said the guidelines that was signed with DOE are a just and systematized way of addressing right-of-way (ROW) issues.

“We aim for timely implementation of government projects at the same time aid ECs that play critical role in household electrification,” Villar said.

Based on the guidelines, programming and planning of upcoming DPWH projects like roads, bridges, flood-control structures, and government buildings will have to be coordinated with the National Electrification Administration and ECs to address ROW concerns.

In DPWH’s statement: “The DPWH prior to the preparation of its budget for a proposed government project will have to inform in writing the concerned ECs that their facilities will be affected with copy furnished to DOE and NEA, and to be followed by a joint survey and assessment of both parties.”

“Within 30 days after the joint survey, electric cooperative shall submit to the DPWH the proposed program of work for the affected facility with cost estimate duly certified by NEA, and bill of materials,” DPWH added.

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