Rural Electrification and Development in the Philippines: Measuring the Social and Economic Benefits


Despite these early problems in implementing the total electrification policy, new efforts were begun. A 1966 study funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recommended that the country institute a rural electrification program based on the REC model used in the United States. As a result, two pilot projects aimed at adapting the U.S. model to Philippine conditions were initiated—one in northern Mindanao, known as the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO) and the other on the island of Negros in central Visayas, known as Victorias Rural Electric Service Cooperative (VRESCO). With the passage of the National Electrification Act in 1969, the RECs were designated the country’s primary electricity distribution system; and the NEA, which replaced the EA, was set up as the implementing agency.

Source InstitutionWorld Bank
Source URL
Page Count169
Place of PublicationWashington DC
Original Publication DateMay 1, 2002