Lobregat enlightens engineers on BBL PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:47

By Jubels Santos

Electrical Engineers in Western Mindanao including visiting officials of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) had the opportunity to learn about the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) thru District I Congressman Celso Lobregat.

Lobregat was invited as guest speaker during the Institute’s 3rd Western Mindanao Regional Conference held at the Grand Astoria Hotel and hosted by the ZAMBASULTA Chapter.

Lobregat is in the frontline in Congress working to ensure that the BBL will be fair, just, feasible and consistent with the Philippine Constitution and existing laws.

Lobregat stood for  more than 10 hours over a period of five days interpellating the sponsors of the BBL in Congress.

Lobregat said granting the proposed Bangsamoro Government exclusive jurisdiction over inland waters (he was referring to Lake Lanao, the source of water supply to the Agus complex and Pulangi) as provided in the BBL will put the entire Mindanao at the mercy of the Bangsamoro.

He cited section 21 which also provides that the utilization of inland waters including but not limited to river streams, and other water resources within the Bangsamoro territory shall be for the benefit of the Bangsamoro.

Lobregat emphasized that the power generation, distribution, and regulation, should be vested with the national government, and not with the Bangsamoro government.

He said it is unfortunate that the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission were never consulted by the OPAPP during the peace negotiations.

In his message, Lobregat also zeroed in on the Mindanao power crisis which he said is relevant to the Conference.

And, while the conference was in progress, there was a quick power interruption.

Lobregat explained that this is the effect of the power supply deficiency.  He further said that every four megawatts of power shortage is translated into One hour of blackout.

The city’s energy requirements at peak hours is 92 megawatts, and the power supply from PSALM and other independent power producers, like TMI and MAPALAD is not sufficient, to cope with the city’s power needs.

The  3-day technical activity  is designed to enhance the skills and competence of the Filipino Electrical Engineers in dealing with today’s global challenges.

Gracing the affair were regional governors from Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Western Visayas,  Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, WesternMindanao, and other top Institute officers headed by Presiden Ma. Sheila Cabaraban. — Jubels Santos