Worsening Power Supply Shortage in Mindanao
Rotational brownout schedule is happening once again here in our city. I remember last summer, the same months in April and May, brownouts also happened and it gets even worse as it is today. We do have longer power outages starting from 6 to 7 hours each scheduled day. According to Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company or (Cepalco),its getting worse since the power distributed by the National Power Corporation (NPC) dipped from 70 megawatts (MW) to 30 MW, making the rotating brownouts longer from four hours to seven hours and 30 minutes. CEPALCO has cautioned customers that the actual switch off and switch on time may vary from the announced schedules depending on the actual load curtailment levels imposed by NGCP on CEPALCO, which changes every hour.
Mindanao has indeed sank deeper into a lingering power crisis, backed by power supply contracts, announcing longer blackouts lasting up to six hours to seven hours daily and the rest of the island for at least five hours. Oh well, I just hope that the necessity and urgency of bringing the units back on line and the electric company will do their best to restore the full capacity of power outages the soonest possible time. Gosh! its so hard for businesses cause it will die if the straight seven hours of brownouts continue for days especially the smaller ones. My work online is severely affected too! :(