Celso seeks resolution of Mindanao power crisis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 March 2012 15:35

Power stakeholders in the city yesterday convened in City Hall on request of Mayor Celso Lobregat to find solutions to the looming power crisis as they vowed to work together to come up with mitigating measures.

Mayor Lobregat was prompted to call the meeting yesterday to get updates on the power situation not only in Zamboanga City but entire Mindanao. Invited to the meeting were Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative officials headed by project supervisor Jesus Castro and representatives from the different sectors and stakeholders to include the business and industrial groups, the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Zamboanga Chamber of commerce, urban poor, academe, barangay and all other concerned groups.

During the meeting, Castro informed the group that the requirement in entire Mindanao is about 1,300 megawatts and the generating capacity of all hydro and thermal generator plans is only about 1,100 with a shortfall of about 200 megawatts.

He stressed that several mitigating measures are set to be implemented, one of which is the planned use of embedded generators by big business and industrial groups to produce power during peak loads.

Then business and industrial groups which are proposing this scheme are expected to come out with specific details on how to implement the scheme.

“It was a productive meeting,” the mayor said adding that the national government has also been informed about the situation and is set to undertake steps to resolve the power crisis in the city and the entire Minanao.

Other measures were also discussed during the meeting to include the schedule of brownouts and the need for the immediate conduct of hearing by the Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the proposal of ZAMCELCO to enter into an agreement with a private power supplier. — Sheila Covarrubias