Relocation of power posts in widening project to cost P9-M
posted 12-Nov-2018  ·  
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Numerous electric posts affected by the highway widening projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will cost over P9 million to relocate, the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) management disclosed last week.

General Manager Engr. Raul Zafe told the Tribune that they are now awaiting the release of at least 50 percent of the total evaluated relocation cost of P9,655,519.61 to the cooperative prior to starting work on dismantling the encroaching poles.

“Our plan is to install new steel poles and at the same time upgrade the wires to a bigger size,” he said.

It is more expensive than merely moving both poles and wires a stretch at a time to the side but it would improve the distribution line, which is part of the cooperative’s line upgrading program, GM Zafe noted.

“If FICELCO linemen alone would undertake the relocation, it would take months and lead to numerous power interruptions along the affected areas,” he said. “We will request for assistance from Bicol electric cooperative for at least three groups of linemen who will work alongside local linemen and finish the job in a week.”

The assisting linemen from mainland cooperatives would only be given free accommodation and a small stipend as per previous arrangements between Bicol cooperatives.

According to FICELCO’s costing approved by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and submitted to the DPWH Catanduanes Engineering District, the cost of materials will amount to P8,382,462.00 while expense for labor will come up to P1,338,852.65.

The dismantling of the existing poles and wires will cost P1.3 million, with the existing facilities’ depreciation cost of P1.2 million already deducted from the relocation cost.

The distribution lines affected by the road widening projects stretch from Ibong Sapa to Capilihan, San Vicente, San Jose to San Juan, Sta. Cruz, Capilihan to Francia, Palta Small, Calabnigan, Sto. Domingo, and Bigaa, all in Virac; Tamburan to Mintay, Cabugao in Bato; and, sitio Suchan.

DPWH Catanduanes District Engineer Gil Balmadrid bared that the request for payment of compensation and/or recovery of relocation cost is now pending before the DPWH central office, which will release the funds.

Pursuant to Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2017, of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the DPWH, the implementing agency is mandated to coordinate with NEA and the electric cooperative to address all Right-of-Way (ROW) concerns, including claims for compensation and determination of relocation site, from programming and/or planning of a government project until the affected facility is relocated.

Prior to the preparation of the budget for the project, the agency shall inform the cooperative in writing that its facility will be affected, after which both shall conduct a joint survey and assessment. Within 30 days from said assessment, the cooperative shall submit to DPWH the program of work for the affected facility with the cost estimate duly certified by NEA, and the bill of materials.

Once the amount of compensation is determined, the DPWH and the cooperative shall execute within 15 days a Relocation Agreement for the removal of the affected facility, followed by the preparation of the final program of work and compensation.

The cooperative is required to remove the affected facility within seven (7) days from the receipt of the deposit notice from DPWH.

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