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VECO upgrades Cebu schools’ wiring for safety

Almost six years after Visayan Electric Company’s Schools’ Rewiring Project began, 57 schools within its franchise area have already been upgraded.

Some of the recent projects completed under this program were turned over to Opao Elementary School in Mandaue City, Tugbongan Elementary School in Consolacion, and Sangat Elementary School and Balud Elementary School, both in San Fernando. Five more school beneficiaries of the rewiring project are lined up for the year to complete the target of 17 school beneficiaries with 821 classrooms.

“The outdated electric wire maze of some public schools poses a danger. Damaged, old wiring is one of the most common causes of fires,” VECO Reputation Enhancement Head Atty. Jill Verallo shared.

Depending on school size, a rewiring project costs an average of Php1 million pesos. A total of Php29.972 million, including the budget for the 2016 projects, has been allocated for the upgrading of school wiring.

Along with each classroom rewiring, VECO also installs energy-saving LED light bulbs, which not only gives better illumination but also money with the bulbs’ low electric consumption.

Since 2010, VECO has safety-stamped 2,017 classrooms in 57 schools. The company powers the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and four municipalities of the greater part of Metro Cebu—Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.