Palawan officials set to declare power crisis


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: Local officials are set to declare the province under a power crisis, citing lack of supply and the local power distributor’s limited capacity in handling heavy power loads.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron said the declaration will be made by the City Council through a resolution that would be submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Bayron explained that the City Council’s resolution would pave the way for other power generators to enter the province and to offer lower power rates.

The DMCI Power Corporation (DPC) is supposed to provide Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) with 25 Megawatts. However, currently, it is only providing 15 Megawatts, according to Cynthia Sumagaysay-Del Rosario of the Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE).

“They have violated the contract a number of times,” she said, adding that the power shortage is also attributed to the distribution lines of Paleco because these are not capable of handling heavy loads.

The local leaders fear that the robust tourism industry and local businesses will be affected by the lack of a stable power supply.

“Kailangan na kailangan ‘yung power, hindi lang sa tourism kundi pati sa business—sa lahat (Power is much needed, not just by the tourism industry but other businesses as well, everybody),” Bayron stressed.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said he wants the power problem in the province to be solved in three months’ time.

“Sa lalong madaling panahon [The soonest possible time], we will resolve the problem on electricity,” Petilla said.

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