PNP, AFP, MinDA step up contingency plan to ensure power for May 10 polls
Butuan City (2 May) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) have stepped up their contingency plan to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Mindanao during the conduct of the country's historic and first automated elections on May 10, 2010.
Director Jaime E. Milla, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao (DIPO-EM), and Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, chief of the AFP?s Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom), are closely coordinating their tactical security measures to protect all hydroelectric and fossil-fed power plants in various provinces and cities in Northeastern, Northern, Southern and Central Mindanao regions.
Ferrer and Milla ordered on Sunday all Army field unit commanders and police regional, provincial and city directors to deploy security forces in all power stations and lines in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
The PNP?s DIPO-EM has jurisdiction over three regional police commands -? Regions X, XI and XIII. On the other hand, EastMincom has three combat maneuvering Divisions with respective brigade and battalions and other operational control units, including Navy and Air Force spread in the said regions.
"All our field units were already directed to redouble their effort to secure all power stations and stop at all cost those who attempt to sabotage the power supply to derail the election," said Milla.
"Our men on the ground are already on full alert to make this election peaceful and orderly," he added.
"We also asked the citizenry to help government security forces by way of immediately reporting any unusual movement in their respective areas," Milla said.
Lt. Col. Randolph G. Cabangbang, spokesman of EastMincom, also said all power plants are being secured by the government security forces and assisted by Special CAFGU (Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit) Active Auxiliary (SCAA).
Meanwhile, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has also announced its contingency plan on power for the May 2010 elections.
MinDA official Arthur Necesito said they have formulated mitigating strategies to address power generation deficiency during the elections.
Part of the projected strategies is to run the Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP) at 100 megawatts (MW) and to temporarily increase the discharge of Lake Lanao from 30 centimeters (cms) to 100 cms. during the election period.
Another strategy is to accumulate additional capacity of Agus plants from 100 MW to 350 MW and to set up marketing and commercial relations to request industrial customers to shut down their plant on May 8-12, 2010 to ensure uninterrupted power supply at the polling places. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]