Davao del Sur experiencing 3-hour daily rotational blackout

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, March 30 — The entire province of Davao del Sur has been experiencing a three-hour rotational blackout daily since March this year.

Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) General Manager Engr. Godofredo Guya said power is shut down intermittently for three hours following an advice from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) due to power shortages in Mindanao.

Guya said there’s no other alternative to address the power shortage at this time but to implement electricity outage for a few hours in the province.

He said the three-hour blackout is implemented at different time schedules in a day that would last up to 30 minutes per power cut-off.

The power outages are greatly affecting the operations of the business sector which could lead to lower production, Guya said.

Jose Villaflor, president of the Business Council of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, Inc., said the power cut-off could affect the integrity and quality of products, especially for the food manufacturing industry.

Villaflor, the assistant manager of Sta. Cruz town-based Franklin Baker Co., bared that it is also costly to generate electricity internally, citing that the company is activating its emergency power so as not to disrupt processing during brownouts.

He urged DASURECO to regularly schedule the brownouts so that companies can anticipate and prepare. (PNA)

LAM/ASA/LDP

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