Zamcelco preps for election PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:24

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO) is stepping up its preparations for the upcoming elections on May 9.

ZAMCELCO’s Information Services Division OIC Ferdie Rodriguez on Monday, April 25, said that while there can be no ‘zero-blackout’ assurance, ZAMCELCO has started on its preparations to minimize power interruptions and outages during the elections.

Inspection of the schoolrooms which will be used as polling stations have already been undertaken and the findings submitted to the Commission on Election (COMELEC), Rodriguez said, and ZAMCELCO itself is on alert and safeguarding its power lines.

In terms of back-up power, the Cooperative is working to obtain the provisionary authority to connect (PAC) from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to operationalize and put on stream the modular genset before May 9.

Troubleshooting crews from ZAMCELCO will be on standby before, during, and after election, Rodriguez assured.

“As much as possible we are doing everything to prevent blackout,” Rodriguez said but noted that even the NGCP cannot issue an assurance of ‘zero-blackout’ on Election Day in Mindanao due to challenges in the area such as supply and transmission constraints, and security issues.

Currently, the entire Mindanao area has a power deficit of 215 MW with no available reserves. For Zamboanga City, the average power allocation provided by power suppliers is 86 MW per hour versus a 97 MW hourly demand resulting in 1-2 hours power curtailment.

Last week, Mayor Beng Climaco appealed to ZAMCELCO and its power suppliers to ensure continuous and uninterrupted electricity throughout the city on May 9.

She urged the NGCP and other independent power producers to make their own preparations and contingency plans to avert power outages and in the process, protect the integrity of the ballot.