DOE to ensure uninterrupted power supply in May 10 elections
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (23 February) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies under it, as well as all electric cooperatives in the local government units have been directed by the Commission on Elections to ensure an uninterrupted power supply during the May 10 elections.
Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 8716 promulgated last December, these agencies are deputized by the Comelec to provide an uninterrupted power supply on the day before and on election day, until the termination / conclusion of the canvassing of the election returns and proclamation of the elected officials.
As of the 4th quarter last year, the Comelec has started surveying the power supply in all provinces nationwide to ensure that it will not be interrupted during the upcoming elections, Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Elections Director of region 10, said.
Meanwhile, data at the National Electrification Administration (NEA) show a total of 1,870 out of the region's 1,937 potential barangays have been energized, as of the second quarter, last year, by nine (9) electric utilities that had served the power needs of the region, namely:
First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco) and Second Bukidnon Electric Service Coop. (Buseco) in the province of Bukidnon, Camiguin Electric Coop. (Camelco) in Camiguin and Lanao del Norte Electric Coop. (Laneco) in Lanao del Norte.
Misamis Occidental Electric Coop. (Moelci) I and Moelci II in Mis. Occ., Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Services Coop. (Moresco) I and Moresco II in Mis. Or. and the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Co. (Cepalco) in Cagayan de Oro City. (PIA 10) [top]