In 1966, with a grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) and invitation from the government of the Philippines, NRECA International Programs began a long journey to bring electricity to rural areas of the Philippines. Starting with a feasibility study that established two pilot electric cooperatives, a national rural electrification program was initiated. Under the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the Government of the Philippines continued this program with great success. Since the first days of the program, 119 electric cooperatives have been established in the Philippines with assistance and guidance from the NRECA International Programs, making the Philippines electrification effort one of the most successful over the International Programs’ 50 year history.
This brochure and the accompanying video were showcased at the 2012 NRECA Annual Meeting during the International Luncheon where the International Programs hosted over 900 U.S. co-op members. During the Luncheon, Ms. Edita Bueno, Administrator of the Philippines NEA, gave the audience first-hand insight into the incredible change that has taken place in the Philippines with the increase in access to electricity and co-op membership.