Aquino cool to emergency power declaration



President Aquino on Thursday sounded cool to the idea of using emergency powers to deal with brownouts in Mindanao, but he assured the public that there would be an adequate power supply on Election Day on May 13.

“Maybe we should first define what kind of emergency powers needs to be done,” the President told reporters in Naga City in an interview aired over government-run dzRB.

He was responding to the call of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce Industry Foundation for him to use his emergency powers to address the problem.

Aquino acknowledged though that he could invoke the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 to declare a state of emergency, but this must be authorized by Congress.

Otherwise, there was a sufficient supply of water in the region’s hydropower plants to ensure an adequate electricity “especially for Election Day,” he said.

The President said Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was due to present an “immediate solution,” such as purchasing or renting diesel-powered plants, to the “crisis” in Mindanao by Friday.

“We’ve found a way to ensure there won’t be a failure of election for lack of power,” he added.

For about a month now, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Iligan City have been hit by two rounds of brownouts, with each round lasting from two to six hours.

Misamis Occidental 2 Electric Cooperative Inc. said the outages were caused by power supply deficiencies from the Agus and Pulangi hydroelectricity generation plants, which are operated by state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor).

Officials, however, said that the long brownouts in Mindanao were an offshoot of the state-owned electricity generator’s action to conserve power for the midterm elections.

Napocor and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. have been mandated by the Commission on Elections to ensure an adequate supply of power for the elections, its officials said.

Repair of hydro plants

Mindanao currently has a shortfall of 300 MW due to the repair of hydropower facilities in Bukidnon and Lanao and other factors, according to the energy department.

As part of the “immediate solution,” the government was considering purchasing diesel-powered plants and had been assured of authorization from Congress, Aquino said.

“Once that is done, that will be the stop-gap measure. We will either buy or rent from those that have the generating capacity. That will reduce brownouts there,” he said.

“Once the private power plants come on line by 2014, we will no longer need these expensive diesel power plants. We will bring them to missionary areas.”

In Davao City, Luwalhati Antonino, chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda), said that to ease the power shortage at least three diesel and bunker fuel-fed generators would be commissioned next month as repairs on hydropower facilities continued.

The energy department, however, said even if the hydropower facilities resumed normal operations, Mindanao would still suffer a power shortage because existing plants could produce up to only 1,181 MW while peak demand was expected to hit 1,484 MW this year.—With reports from Allan Nawal, Edwin Fernandez and Aquiles Zonio Inquirer Mindanao

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    The massive brown-out in Mindanao has been festering since last year. Former DOE Secretary Almendras took a lot of flak for it last year. But being a KKklase, Almendras was reappointed to another position in PNoy’s cabinet. Today, the problem of brown-out is even worse with 14 hours of power interruption daily. Is PNoy allowing this problem to drag on so that he can declare emergency powers?

    • buttones

      Well Aquino and his Cabinet have never experienced the inconvenience of brown outs anyway, or they might have during the reign of his mother- she was a past master at this sort of thing. And lets not forget Mindanao is an awfully long way from Luzon anyway…Odd is it not that after 67 years of democratic progress, our leaders have yet to figure out a way of providing a reasonable source of power for homes and industry, or even a way to provide 30% of us with a toilet, or even 95% of us with a paved barangay road, or 25% of us with no water supply either. It’s not really going that well is it, lets be frank here, it’s a dismal outlook, apart for the billion dollar casino of course…..

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        All’s well with Daang Matuwid to nowhere.

    • Angel Divera

      If you read it, it requires congress approval. Before they do it they must have a plan, obviously no plan yet.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you dont have to go to mindanao we have them all the time ive seen 5 in one day and 9 in one week. on some sundays they shut the power off at 8 and till 5 or 7 to change out poles that have nothing wrong with them. i know because ive worked for power companies for 40 years. its a coop and and they to spend money from government loans. but where their office is they rarely have outages.. im a little closer to luzon but not much

    • Mamang Pulis

      ‘dre–panahon pa ni GMA–panahon pa ni general reyes ganito na. lumala pa ngayun….dahil may nagsusulong din sa serbisyo ng aboitiz…..

      • Edward

        tama dre…hindi lng aboitiz power ang papasok paano nlng ang mga lopezes-ang kanilang edc at kung anu ano pa..welcome kamag anak at kaibigang oligarchs foundation ng mga Aquino-Cojuangco..remember, kung ano ang nangyari sa IPP contract sa panahon ng nanay nya nagka brownout buong Luzon at panahon ng ramos admin…expensive power sa asia at isa sa mga 3 napakamahal sa buong mundo ang kuryente ng pinas…hahaha

        khit d nagamit ang kuryente base sa kontrata babayaran pa rin…sarap negosyo pag public utilities..hahaha

      • Mamang Pulis


      • WeAry_Bat

        Ibig sabihin, mamang pulis, kung walang brownout ay times three ang kuryente mo. As if nasa mansion ka, ano?

        Kelan kaya mapahiyang gumawa ng tama ang mga elektrika kumpanya dyan.

      • Mamang Pulis

        jajaja—sana nga….nasa mansyon.!!

  • Garote

    The only solution to this well-designed and self-inflicted brown-outs done by our public officials in the energy sector in connivance with our corrupt politicians and the international cartels is to stop orchestrating energy shortages and stop defrauding the Filipino people to get the globalists ultra richer at the expense of the Filipinos. Emergency powers are only tools used in times of real war, not a fake war like the US state-sponsored war on terror of the evil George Bush..

  • titolim

    walang nag papatayo ng bagong power plant dyan, sabi ayaw daw ng taga mindanao ng pareho ka mahal sa visayas at luzon ang binabayaran na halos 12/kw, dyan ata sa mindanao halos kalahati o wala pa ang binayarang kw, kaya wala raw gustong mag patayo ng bagong power plant dyan.

    • Edward

      kalokohan yan…haka haka mo lng yan..tanungin nyo mga Aboitiz ? hahaha

  • watsupdoc

    The President is “cool” to the power outage in Mindanao while the situation is HOT out there. This situation and shortage of power were predicted 10 years ago but the central government has neglected Mindanao as a whole. Metro Manila has all the LRTs and MRTs and all the infrastructures but look at the dirt roads of Mindanao. No wonder people there wants to secede.

    • kismaytami

      As if all infrastructures in Metro Manila are in their best condition. Yes roads are being repaired every now and then, but the materials being used are substandard.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i hear the same thing on other islands look at cebu some streets you almost need a 4 wheel drive to get down. they built a new freeway and in 5 years they had to dig up and repave it. they paved some mountain roads and pit up mushroom looking things with bronze plaques with arroyos picture on them the plaques are still there but the roads are destroyed because of over weight trucks .

    • nakatutok

      President is “cool”..another dimension to the word NOYNOYING…

      • $8866117

        ikaw cool ang tiyan mo dahil walang laman, hindut ka at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo, wala ka talagang binatbat

  • Maldi2

    Under this regime, we can’t get improvements in our lives.

  • eric bernardo

    Who is looking out for Mindanao? Did you not see this power crisis coming? What have you done about it? What good are your PhDs and MS’s while Mindanaoans continue to suffer during these power outages? Come on – get your act together!

  • Night

    bibigyan niyo ng emergency powers ang isang abnoy? nahihilo na ba kayo!!!

  • johndoe_phil

    To better serve the interest of Mindanao, decentralization through federalism is the key. This will require the people of Mindanao solving their own problems …. Because really, the president is out of touch to the real situation. He might be busy with the campaign of LP.

  • Edward

    simple lng yan pirmahan ng IPP gaya ng nangyari noong panahon ng nanay ni abnoy at ramos admin…papasok ang mga kamag anak at kaibigan oligarchs foundation ng mga Aquino..

    Akoý tubong Mindanao, maawa nmn kau sa bayan namin…Hayaan nyo d natutulog ang DIOS..sisingilin din kau mga Aquino-Cojuangco sa kasakiman at pagdurusang binigay nyo sa taumbayan…

    Ang alam ko wla nang teleserye at drama sa panahon ng Paghuhukom…Utuin nyo lahat ang taumbayan pero d kau makakaligtas sa mga pananagutan nyo sa Maykapal na may likha sa inyo sa panahon ng iyong huling hininga…

  • XY ZEE

    O ,ayan mga taga Mindanao.
    Ilang taon na ang isyung ito pero wala pa ring solusyon.

    Alam nyo na kung sinong iboboto ninyo pag dating ng eleksyon.

  • nakatutok

    wag natin kalimutan na SINISI pa nga ni PNoy ang mga taga Mindanao sa isyung ito…magtiis na lang daw sila….time pa ni Almendras yan, dahil KKK, nilipat lang ng pwesto, yung brownout andun pa din…sa malamang ang magiging kahihinatnan nito e ISISISI SA PREVIOUS ADMIN……

    • $8866117

      ikaw ang dapat sisihin ng gobyerno ang mga katulad mong pinoy ang nagpapahirap sa bayan. Hindut ka at kaputaputan ka ng ina mo

      • PlumberfromCanada

        sino ba ang nahirapan dito sa pilipinas?? di ba ikaw?? kaya nga pumunta ka dyan para mag punas pwet ng senior citizen…

      • $8866117

        hindut mo
        napaganda mo ba ang buhay mo sa galing mong magenglish at magspelling
        kung ang sagot ay hindi, ano ang ibig sabihin nuon talagang wala kang
        binatbat, putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • $8866117

        kahit hindi ako umalis ng pilipinas, maganda ang aking pamumuhay sa pinas. eh ikaw anong klaseng buhay meron ka sa pilipinas, kungdi inggit at hinagpis ang nararanasan ng buong pamilya mo, sa kawalanghiyaan mo.Nagdurugo na ang kepyas ng asawa mo kakapasada sa ermita. Putang ina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • $8866117

        kantutin na lang kita gaganda pa ang buhay mo, ano payag ka

  • kilabot

    cory and noykapon’s legacy is the same: power shortage.
    mama’s boy.

  • PlumberfromCanada

    alam ko na sagot ng palasyo diyan..ISISISI KAY GMA…….yan ang :cool’…

    • $8866117

      dapat sayo isisi ang lahat ng problema ng bayan dahil isa kang tungaw. hindut ka at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo. walang ka talagang binatbat

      • PlumberfromCanada

        INPERTINENT comment..isa kang TORISTA..

      • $8866117

        napaganda mo ba ang buhay mo sa galing mong magenglish at magspelling
        kung ang sagot ay hindi, ano ang ibig sabihin nuon talagang wala kang
        binatbat, putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

    • $8866117

      ano ang alam mo, aber sabihin mo nga kung ano ang alam mo, talagang wala kang binatbat. Hindut ka at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo. mga hayop na katulad mo dapat magbigti na. Sayang ang hangin hinihinga mo, dapat ang pumasok sa iyong baga ay carbon monoxide kung nahihirapan kang ng ganuong hangin itapat mo ang bibig mo sa tambutso ng tricycle madadali na ang buhay mo. walanghiyang hayop ka. Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

      • Brax82

        Ganitong klase ang mga tagapag tanggol ni Noynoy. Walang Pinagaralan at kung makamura eh kala mo walang Ina. Pag wala ng masisi, sasabhing taga UNA ka or kakampi ni Gloria. Scripted. Wag nating hayaang magwagi ang mga bobotanteng ito.

      • $8866117

        Brax82, hindi ako tagapagtangol ni abnoy, ang pinupuna ko itong hayop na itong “”gandabudhiko but in reality mas pangit ang ang budhi niya kesa sa akin, so relax ka lang sa akin, hindi tayo magkaaway okay dude

      • Brax82

        Oww, wasn’t paying attention to the names” Sorry bro. My bad!

      • PlumberfromCanada

        ha ha ha..nagdahilan pa…di mo nakuha ang PUNTO niya tatang GUESS SPEAKER….low IQ ka kasi…

      • $8866117

        hindut mo

        napaganda mo ba ang buhay mo sa galing mong magenglish at magspelling
        kung ang sagot ay hindi, ano ang ibig sabihin nuon talagang wala kang
        binatbat, putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • $8866117

        bakit ako magdadahilan para ano, niliwanag ko lang kay brax kung sino ang minumurako, at ng maintindihan niya na ikaw ang aking minumura, eto ang sagot niya sa akin”””””SORRY BRO MY BAD””. TALAGANG TUNGAW KA KAHIT SAAN ANGULO. HINDUT MO, WALA KA TALAGANG BINATBAT. PUTANGINA MO AT KAPUTAPUTAHAN KA NG INA MO

      • PlumberfromCanada

        dami na nakakapansin sa “lalim” ng level of intellect mo dahil sa mga comment mong puro hindut at mura….

  • ovalboy

    Conspiracy theorist here in Mindanao points to Aboitiz/Alcantara group as the culprit in this mess. And local cooperatives including SOCOTECO here in South Cotabato and NGCP are willing conspirators (of course with the right price). Miss Amy Remo, the PR firm hired by Aboitiz/Alcantara do the rest of the dirty work. And Viola! just as the election is fast approaching Minda chair Lualhati Antonino completed the picture. Her daughter runs for re-election as Mayor of Gen. Santos City against a very rich opponent. She needs the moolah.

  • Stuubs

    Before Pnoy’s presidency, we never had experienced this problem of rotating brown outs here in Mindanao ! of course except for occasional once due to maintenance repair. Pnoy and his gang just wanted to make a very bright business atmosphere in power gens for his family and friends,… that’s must be the reason why these artificial rotating brown outs here in Minda…

  • Mattino2011

    Hehehe alam ba niya ano un? Maski meron ala din mangyayari …Kayo talaga huwag ninyo istorbohin..buzy sa kampanya yan….

    • freeview

      Itatanong na sa consultant niya si lacierda at carandang …kaya cool daw siya

  • eric bernardo

    6.6% growth last year – wow!!! US$80+ billion reserve – hurray!!! PSEI tops 6,400+ cheers!!! 8 hour rotating brownouts in Mindanao – anak ng…!!!

  • disqusted0fu

    Electricity is just one of the many concerns for the elections. There is no bigger concern than the deficiency of the PCOS machines which the Comelec has continued to downplay and even ignore. There may not be any election failure due to lack of power but there will certainly be election failure for lack of attention on the machines’ effectiveness.

  • Ommm

    Forget election day,,,we need power 24/7 without fail…or is this the dark ages?

    Fact is electricity is 5X more expensive in the Philippines than in Canada…with about the same generation models ( hydro, diesel,coal )…. so why do we pay through the nose here and suffer an archaic 220V system, lack of generation, lack of sub stations and every time a wind comes up the entire system browns out?…. because there are many pockets to fill…. …..

  • symonwho

    The power problem in Mindanao is a result of shortsightedness and mismanagement by DOE. This department, with NEDA should have been proactive and should have dealt with the looming crisis many years back. This is incompetence on a grand scale.

  • virgoyap

    NAPOCOR should be dismantled. They don’t learn the lesson. They knew already that every summer time in the Philippines brownouts will happen in Mindanao and they are not doing anything to solve it!! They are repeating the same mistakes over and over again!! And don’t you know that even during brownout season consumers are paying a much higher rates. Public service is far far from their minds they are all self serving!! Shame on you corrupt NAPOCOR!!!

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    We need those temporary bunker-fired power plants now, not next month, or next year!!!..although the good thing is that Davao City doesn’t have any brownouts..

  • Spokesman2

    Ha ha ha patented problem ng Aquino govt ang bronwout. Mula sa nanay hanggang sa anak. Kaya matuto na sa pagboto, hindi lahat ng maganda ang packaging ay maayos. Maniwala muna sa review hindi sa survey. Walang accomplishment mula kongreso hanggang senado, binoto parin. Tapos mag expect ng maayos na trabaho.

  • $14141131

    How stupid of these Zamboanga bootlickers to recommend emergency power to solve what was neglected since this President was elected. Funds were available but this diffident President didn’t take action against the problem. Mindanao must be a place he hates or discriminate. It’s now stupid for Mindanao to support his candidates.

  • Benigno the Turd

    Trial balloon. Pakipot pa.

  • BatangSingapore

    eto na simula ng martial law at dayaan sa eleksyon. TAMA NA SOBRA NA ALISIN NA MGA AQUINO AT COJUANGCO SA MALACANANG.

  • mekeni62

    si GMA kasi eh!…he he he.

  • milo go

    The problem with the Mindanao is emblematic or typical of Philippine politics. We have poured so much money crisis after crises in that part of the country and nothing is working including Muslim and communist rebellion. So much money is being wasted on corruption and the existing hydro electric plants are not being maintained and refurbished. Since this president or the previous president, there is nobody from the local leadership of Mindanao to come up with a plan to alleviate the power issue and help solve it. In the meantime the Muslims and communist are cutting and destroying any development in Mindanao.

    A good example is the action of the sultan. Now we are pouring money and resources to those coming back from Sabah and helping people instead of focusing on the power crises.

    This is no longer our national government problem but a local problem of Mindanao. They are mature enough to figure out their problems and find solutions to it. We do not elect their political leadership and cannot control them. Let the people of Mindanao challenge their leadership to solve the power crisis.

  • zeroko

    The brown out in Mindanao is MAN MADE. PNOY wants to privatize MARIA CRISTINA hydroelectric dam, and give it to his friends. They are dividing all the people’s assets among his rich friends. Kawawa talaga Pilipino. They do not just know how to fight back. But there is a solution. Make it 8-0 senatorial bets. Vote all independent kandidats. No more trapo and political dynasty.

  • leomar101

    Tandaan po ninyo mga taga Mindanao ang dinaranas ninyo na brownout since last year pa ay maging worse pa sa darating na panahon, At tataas pa ang babayaran dahil gusto ni aquino na i privatized ang electricity diyan. Nakahanda na si aboitiz na mag take over. The truth is it is cheaper if the aquino government will rehabilitate the hydro electric power in Lanao ang Bukidnon and maintain a cheaper bill on electricity on the part of the consumer. but because he favored his friends and billionaire supporter, mag dusa ang bayan. hahaha. Kaya sa darating na election dapat bigyan ng zero vote ang mga candidates ng administration if only to show your anger and frustration to this anti poor aquino elks and ilks. Why give him and his cohorts another years to abuse you Mindanao people? He was given a chance and he failed. He was put to a weighing scale but found him to be wanting. Kaya bigyan po ninyo ng zero vote ang mga mapagkunwari na TEAM PATAY.

  • JasonBieber

    So he is saying that he will make sure there is sufficient electricity only on election day? Or does he mean it as a threat that he will provide electricity if they make sure to vote to ensure a 12-0 for Team PNoy?

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