MinDA acts on P-Noy’s action points to address Mindanao power woes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2012 13:57

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) board of directors agreed on Friday to support the creation of a Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) and One-Stop-Shop Processing Center (OSSPC).

Acting on President Benigno S. Aquino III’s directive to address the power crisis in Mindanao, MinDA directors passed a resolution supporting the President’s action points following the Mindanao Power Summit last month.

MPMC and the OSSPC are two of the action points identified by the President, according to MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.

She said MPMC will be responsible for providing outright information to the people of Mindanao regarding the energy and power situation, including, but not limited to, supply and price levels.

It will also spearhead the creation of a technical team to look into the viability of the Mindanao Power Summit recommendations, including the OSSPC.
It is instructed to meet regularly to monitor the crisis and its impacts, and to directly submit reports to the President.

“We are grateful to the President for the time and effort he exerted to reach out to the people of Mindanao and for providing an opportunity for various sectors to be heard on the urgent issue of power,” Antonino said.

MPMC is chaired by MinDA and composed of representatives from the Department of Energy, Mindanao Electric Power Alliance, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI-Mindanao), electric cooperatives, representatives from local government units, and civil society organizations.

The creation of this committee forms part of the government’s commitment to resolve the Mindanao power crisis, Antonino said.

The establishment of the OSSPC, similar to the one-stop shops of DTI, will help fast-track the processing of applications for new generation capacities in
Mindanao.

Antonino explained that the main goal is to be able to complete the setup of small hydroplants within 10 months to one year. Awarding of service contracts for hydro project applications currently takes years to be processed.

“We should put a time frame to the application process; the maximum should be six months,” said MinDA Board Member Vicente Lao, president of the Mindanao Energy Power Alliance.

MinDA board also agreed to conduct a preliminary assessment of the existing process to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement in the setting up of the OSSPC. Recommendations derived from the assessment will be incorporated into the mandate to be issued by Malacañang.

Meanwhile, Antonino announced that the rehabilitation of Pulangi hydropower plant will be completed very soon. It is expected to provide additional 100 megawatts to Mindanao grid and lessen the number of hours of power outage.