Mayor urges enercon steps to address power shortage PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:13

Mayor Beng Climaco has urged all residents and sectors who are sharing the burden of the Mindanao power crisis to practice and implement energy saving measures relative to the ongoing power curtailment pestering the city.

“A lot of people are really suffering, and we are suffering with you,” said Climaco during her regular press briefing Monday, May 12.

She emphasized that the city and its residents need to have an aggressive stand on energy conservation, one that involves feasible interventions at the household level and incorporates energy saving measures in the lifestyle of every Zamboangueño.

As an example, Climaco cited the issuance of a circular enjoining both the police forces and city government offices on the proper utilization of equipment, and minimizing the use of facilities that use up a lot of electricity.

According to the mayor, the main causes of power curtailment are the ongoing rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Complex and climate change, and as such, these factors require the City to be prudent in the management and usage of its available energy.

With the incoming dry spell expected to worsen the power shortages, Climaco re-issued her appeal to all households, private residents and business establishments to utilize power saving mechanisms.

“This is the best time for us to help try prevent further power curtailment,” enjoined the mayor.

Meanwhile, Climaco expressed her belief that the Agus-Pulangi Hyrdropower Complex should not be privatized.

“The city is of the opinion, and this is also my opinion, that the hydroelectric power complexes in Agus-Pulangi should be kept and not privatized,” she said, adding that  “We need to develop it and run it like a GOCC because it will reap benefits for our people, by the people of Mindanao, for Mindanao, and hopefully to be shared with others.” — Jasmine Mohammadsali