Davao del Sur residents told they’re lucky outages short


DIGOS CITY—Consider yourselves lucky.

Residents of Davao del Sur were told to grin and bear three-hour daily outages because the situation could be worse.

Godofredo Guya, general manager of the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasureco), said the province’s residents suffer only up to three hours of brownouts daily compared to seven hours in other areas.

Guya said Dasureco was forced to impose the brownouts because it receives only an average of 12 megawatts of electricity daily.

Guya said the situation was worse in other areas, like South Cotabato where residents suffer up to seven hours of brownouts daily.

Consumers, he said, should stop blaming Dasureco because the problem lies with supply of electricity.

Guya said the power curtailment scheme was started by the National Grid Corp. of the Phils. (NGCP) more than two weeks ago because of Mindanao’s worsening power shortage.

The dry season, Guya said, also resulted in lower water levels at the Pulangui and Agus hydropower facilities in Bukidnon and Lanao. The two facilities supply about 70 percent of Mindanao’s power.

Guya said Dasureco could not guarantee that daily brownouts will last for only up to three hours daily.

Guya said plans to bring in power barges from the Visayas were being opposed by the National Power Corp. because of its costs.

The Department of Energy, he said, was pushing for the use of generators owned by big companies to boost power supply in Mindanao.

Guya said big companies were being enticed to help boost power supply on the island as part of their “corporate social responsibility.”

Factories or hospitals, he said, could be asked to use their generators during peak hours to reduce dependence on traditional sources of power.

He said the power situation in Mindanao could worsen next year unless more generation facilities are developed. Orlando Dinoy with a report from Aquiles Zonio, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • Loggnat

    With or Without Almendras, the Mindanao’s supply of electricity problem did not improve. Year in and year out, the incompetent officials’s excuse is the same and the need for more generation facilities is mentioned but nobody seemed to do the common sense action of building more of the facility. The reliance to ample rain to replenish and provide enough water to operate the Pulangui and Agus hydro-power facilities in Bukidnon and Lanao has been the weak point of the system. The two hydro-power facilities that supplies 70% of Mindanao’s power has been the convenient and perennial excuse of the National Grid Corp. of the Phils. (NGCP) for years and years. I suggest that each electric power cooperative should be allowed and given tax incentive to build their own power generating facilities to supply their needs and maybe some excess of what they need to be able to sell to the National Grid Corp. of the Phils. (NGCP) for utilization on other areas that needs them. If all the electric power cooperative are all self sufficient, maybe there will be no more need for the National Grid Corp. of the Phils. (NGCP) which actually has the monopoly in the elecrical supply in Mindanao. The NGCP should be just a conduit to redistribute electric supply to the electric power cooperative that has a temporary shortage of supply maybe due to downtime of their power generator for repair, scheduled maintenance or modification/improvement. Excess electric power if sold cheaper could be an incentive to attract manufacturing industries to establish their facilities in Mindanao. Where do I send my application to be an idea man for the Dept. of Energy? :)))

    • WeAry_Bat

      As I read one time, the horrific answer why they do not do anything proactive (like dredging) and sustainable (less polluting) is because there is big bucks with ‘emergency’ contracts. No more intensive auditing and review, just supply it.

      I think a good assignment is looking at the people behind the provider in ‘need’ and which supplier can ‘give’. I hope there is no ‘bituka’ or intestine connecting the two, the worse being them having the same faces.

  • david

    san ka pa!? ganda ng palusot ni guya! hala iboboto kita kahit di ka tumakbo. guya! guya! guya!

  • Mux

    Consuelo de bobo. Do not complain because others have it worse. What an excuse.

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