MMDA searches for alternative power sources

July 18, 2010 11:50 am 

MANILA, July 18 — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Oscar Inocentes said he is looking at possible alternative power sources to ensure uninterrupted operations of the agency especially in times of bad weather conditions.

Inocentes made the statement in the aftermath of typhoon “Basyang” which severely hit Metro Manila and caused extensive blackout throughout the metropolis and in some parts of Luzon.

“Our operations at the MMDA were also paralyzed due to the blackout. The generators we have at the Communications and Command Center were of no use to our monitoring because the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed along the major thoroughfares were not functioning because of the blackout,” he said.

According to the MMDA chief, he had already instructed agency officials to find plausible options and study alternative power sources such as solar energy and windmills to address the problem.

“We should always be on top of the situation, and it is important for us to provide continuous service because the public’s safety and welfare is at stake,” Inocentes said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman Cesar Lacuna said the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program or number coding will be automatically suspended if and when there is a power blackout in the entire Metro Manila which would halt the operations of mass transport system such as the light and metro rail transits to prevent the public from being stranded on the streets.

Lacuna said the agency is also deploying its buses along the major thoroughfares to give free rides to the commuters. (PNA)

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