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Reyes allays fears of power shortage in Visayas

Iloilo City (22 February) -- Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes allayed fears of power shortage in the Visayas since there will be new industry players that will provide sufficient power supply in the area.

"The Cebu-Negros-Panay Grid will not experience any brown-out, any shortage in supply starting March 4 up to 2014 dahil sa maraming papasok na mga power plants," said Reyes, adding "yan ang ating good news at hindi na tayo dapat mangamba barring any unforeseen, mga force majeure ?yan ang magiging situation."

Reyes led the Power Stakeholders? Meeting held in Iloilo City, February 21, participated in by representatives of the local government units and electric power industry such as the power generators and electric distribution utilities in Western Visayas.

When asked by media if there is a need for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to have an emergency power to address the present power situation, Reyes said that "insofar as the Visayas grid (is concerned) no need whatsoever".

Based also on the presentation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines during the meeting barring fuel supply constraints, the effects of the El Nino phenomenon, any sudden breakdown of thermal power plants and inefficient and uncoordinated conduct of preventive maintenance services for the power plants, the Visayas grid will not have supply problem starting March this year up to 2014.

For his part, Governor Niel Tupas said he is happy with the dialogue with Secretary Reyes and the assurance that there is sufficient supply of power not only in the province of Iloilo but the whole Panay Island.

Similar meetings aimed to find viable solutions to power issues and to ensure that there will be no power outages come election time were conducted and also led by Reyes in Zamboanga and Davao last week and in Cebu on February 23. (PIA) [top]

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