Angara: DOE should get barges to ease power woe in Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 March 2013 10:54

The Department of Energy (DOE)  should immediately contract out power barges for brownout-plagued areas of in Mindanao, including Zamboanga City  to ease the rotating power interruptions in the region, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said yesterday.

Angara said the DOE should enter into negotiated contracts if necessary.

“The DOE is now governed by a culture of integrity. So even the use of negotiated contracts  just to acquire power barges is an option to fast-track the solution to the power problem there,” Angara said.

He added that the surge of business and power use in the area – signs of business confidence and economic dynamism – is the cause of the power interruptions  in Mindanao.

At present, Mindanao has a power shortfall of 294 megawatts, as the demand stands at 1,157 MW versus the actual supply of only 863 MW.

Reports said the government has earmarked P3.8 billion for the country’s power capabilities.

The budget includes allocation for the rehabilitation of existing hydroelectric power plants in the south.

Also, it is looking at the possibility of using a 300-MW interruptible power load plan to solve the island’s power problems.

Angara said the inclusion of power projects in the PPP list by President Aquino guarantees that there would be solutions to the power problems in the medium term and the long-term.

“The focus right now should be on looking for short term relief and acquiring power barges via negotiation as an option,” he said.

He said that even negotiations to acquire power barges can be monitored by civil society and good governance groups. — Philip Abuy