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IFELCO assures no rotating brownout

by Mhars B. Lihgawon

Lagawe, Ifugao (27 February) -- The Ifugao Electric Cooperative assured that Ifugao is not affected of the scheduled rotating brown out in certain areas of Northern Luzon.

In an interview, IFELCO Operations, Planning and Design chief Ypz Tuguinay said Ifugao is lucky enough not to experience power outages like the rotating brownout being implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in the country during this dry spell.

"As of now, the management of IFELCO did not receive any advisory from SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) Magat declaring Ifugao as one of the affected area of the rotating brownout. We hope that it would not happen," Tuguinay said.

SNAP Magat is the power supplier of IFELCO under a three-year contract signed last August 2009. The contract stated that SNAP Magat will supply IFELCO with electric power until July 2012.

Tuguinay clarified that even though there is no advisory, the consumers will still experience some unavoidable power disruptions caused by unpredicted events or technical troubles and other incidents.

On the possible increase of electric rate, Tuguinay stated that they cannot guarantee that the generation cost of electricity would not increase because it depends on the global market.

He explained that with existing contract with SNAP Magat this would help to regulate the sudden increase of electric rate. "The rate stated in the contract was fix and until July 2012," he added.

Tuguinay urged also the consumers to help IFELCO by paying their electric bills promptly and to increase also the collection rate of the cooperative. "Last year, we have a collection efficiency rate of 81% hence member consumers should pay their bills on time to help us attain a 100% collection efficiency rate," he reiterated. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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