Enough already – go work on the problem PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:01

By REMEDIOS F. MARMOLEÑO

 

My youngest grandson was peeved because he could not keep up with his FB account. His mother complained that she was not able to follow her favorite telenovela on TV. Our lavandera moaned that she could not keep up with her work – she could not wash the dirty laundry and neither could she iron what had already been washed the day before. These were just some of our experiences during the day our house did not have electricity for 10 hours.

We can moan and groan. We can make angry comments; funny comments; stupid comments. We can wish certain people to  the deepest and hottest spots of that place the poet Dante immortalized in one of his works. But none of these complaints or comments will make any difference. We are  simply here to experience  the insufferable power outages  that stem from the inefficiency of our decision makers.

What I would like to read or hear is an explanation of why in this Year of Our Lord 2014 we cannot get enough  power to run our house appliances  in the daytime and our house lights at night.

To say that the water level at the Agus and Pulangi hydroi stations is low is not for me an acceptable explanation. Some 20 years or so back this was also the explanation given for the regular power shortfall. Surely  over the years this situation could have been addressed. Not by changing the rainfall pattern in Mindanao so that the levels of water in the rivers feeding the  hydro stations will be adequate.

No, the hotshot economic decision makers in the country could have worked out a plan to get more investment in the power sector. I’m no economic hot shot and I don’t pretend to know how this could have been done. But I’m pretty sure this could have been done.  Stimulus funding perhaps? I am told that  three big money groups  are putting up power plants in Mindanao but these won’t be off and running until sometime 2016. The projections for power shortages in Mindanao were made  in the 90’s. How come the steps to address the threatened shortage were taken  only in the last year or so?

The President of the CDO Chamber of commerce has been quoted in a recent news item   that  the brownouts  are costing business in Mindanao something like P30 M per hour. Surely this is no joking matter.

To say that the present brown out situation is the result of the loud oppositionists to Zamcelco  actions in the past few years is to make a grandstand statement: it catches attention but has no substance. It is the give and take between civil society groups and groups that are accountable to the public  that insure better decision making and implementation which will result in the  good for the public. But this will happen only when the groups have the greater good for the many as their motivation.

Now we find ourselves  not only in brownout situations but also witnessing the mudslinging  among those who are supposed to be working on the problem.  As  they say in the Queen’s English: Enough already!