Palace: Government working to ensure brownout-free summer

January 6, 2014 11:11 am 

MANILA, Jan. 5 — This early, the government is working to ensure there will be no power outages during the hot summer months, Malacañang said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the Department of Energy is coordinating with stakeholders to ensure a stable power supply.

"Hindi po pwedeng mapahintulutan yung pagkakaroon ng malawakan o madalas na brownout dahil magiging masama po ang epekto nito sa ating ekonomiya. Kaya makatitiyak po tayo na patuloy na tinututukan ng ating Department of Energy ang sitwasyon (We cannot allow widespread or frequent power outages because it will be bad for the economy. We can expect the DOE to continue monitoring the situation)," Coloma said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He said the DOE is working with the concerned stakeholders to balance the power supply and demand to address possible power outages.

Meanwhile, Coloma reiterated the government is open to concrete proposals that will protect consumers from unjust power rate hikes.

He said the government is open to a study of the 12-year-old Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA)'s provisions.

"Pagkatapos ng lampas sa 12 taong pag-iral ng batas, napapanahon nang suriin ang mga probisyon ng batas upang tanggalin ang mga nakikitang kahinaan nito, at palitan ng mga bagong atas na naaayon sa kapakanan ng sambayanan (After more than 12 years it is time to study the provisions of the law and replace its weak points with provisions that will benefit the people)," he said. (PNA)

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