NEA and DPWH collaborate to streamline pole relocation with unified database

State-agencies National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have jointly created a Unified Pole Relocation Database template to organize a comprehensive list of electric cooperative (EC) utility poles and facilities affected by road widening projects.

NEA issued a memorandum dated 21 September 2023 instructing the ECs to coordinate with the implementing offices of DPWH covering their service areas to ensure that all power distribution line sections affected by public infrastructure projects, from 2017 onwards, are included in the unified database.

This developed following the August 15, 2023 meeting held between the two agencies in order to reconcile and consolidate their respective master lists.

DPWH used road section/station limits while NEA utilized line segments.

The unified database will serve as basis for NEA’s determination of funding requirements for completing all electric pole or facility relocation projects affected by DPWH’s road expansion and construction activities.