Address possible yellow alerts, Gatchalian urges DOE

Address possible yellow alerts, Gatchalian urges DOE

/ 04:13 AM April 04, 2024

Gatchalian on impending yellow alert in areas covered by Luzon grid


MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian on Wednesday urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to implement stop-gap measures in light of an impending yellow alert in areas covered by the Luzon grid.

Gatchalian aired his concern amid the ongoing El Niño.


“The DOE should immediately form an El Niño task force to convene all power plants and distribution utilities to plan for contingency measures, including the implementation of the Interruptible Load Program,” Gatchalian said in a statement.



“It’s critical that the government is able to provide sufficient energy supply at all times, especially during summer months,” he added.

Citing reports from DOE, Gatchalian said El Niño has negatively impacted hydropower plant operations, increasing the danger of energy supply disruptions in Luzon from April to May.

Gatchalian, vice-chair of the Senate committee on energy, stated, “The impact of a supply shortage on the economy could be devastating, and we must all work together to ensure that every consumer’s electricity requirement is sufficiently met.” ANA MAE MALATE, INQUIRER.NET TRAINEE

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