Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mindanao Families Face Severe Power Outages

for an impending 20 - hour brownout,
we could only use the time to have fun by camping on our backyard

With the extreme hot weather during early quarters of the year, the water supply that serves as the major resource for electricity in Mindanao is always compromised, thus, the Mindanaoans face strings of rotational brownouts from as early as February to late May. This has become a perennial problem even before the present political administration.

To rationalize the power supply, based on Circular 2012–03-0004, areas not experiencing interruptions now include Malaybalay, Dipolog, Dapitan, Valencia, Camiguin, Panabo, Digos, Tagum, Mati, Cotabato, Surigao, Butuan, and Cabadbaran. These add to the provinces of Cotabato, Davao, Panabo, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro that are excluded from the power outages.

The Department of Energy said that the shortage of supply and the decision of electric cooperatives not to contract and purchase the needed energy needs make the shortage more felt.

Two power barges were already sent to Mindanao to sustain the needs during peak hours, thus, consumers are expected to pay for higher power rates. We are then enjoined to consume our electricity wisely.

To read related news, click this Sunstar article.



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