PGMA orders Cabinet to come up with quick, cheap solutions to Mindanao’s power woes

March 9, 2010 11:16 pm 

MANILA, March 9 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo instructed today the Cabinet to come up with quick and cheap solutions to end Mindanao’s power problems.

Largely supplied by hydroelectric power plants, the country’s bread basket has been experiencing rotating power outages as a result of the El Nino phenomenon, which will likely delay the onset of the rainy season until late June.

In a media briefing after the joint Cabinet-National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) meeting in Malacanang, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes presented five options on how to address the problem.

Mendoza said these options include among others, the lease of generators and the sharing of excess power from other areas to Mindanao subscribers.

Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr., who was also at the briefing, said another short-term solution possibly is to move in power barges capable of generating additional 200 megawatts of electricity for Mindanao.

Icban said another option discussed would be to enjoin interested companies in Mindanao to shift their industrial operations from day time to night time or from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. when power demand is off peak.

“These options will be deliberated by a selected group of Cabinet members with instructions from the President to decide “within two or three days,” Mendoza said.

The select group include the secretaries of the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of National Defense (DND), who also chairs the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

Mendoza said the shortage in power supply is confined only to Mindanao, with the Luzon and Visayas grids having enough and even excess power. (PNA)



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