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DOE allays brownout fears on May 10 polls

Iloilo City (7 May) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Field Office has allayed fears of residents of Panay Island of possible brown-out when the country will have its first automated elections on Monday, May 10 as contingency plans are now in place in case of power failure.

DOE Visayas Supervisor Engr. Rey Maleza assured that there will be enough power in Panay Island on Monday, May 10.

He said the DOE which was deputized by the Commission on Elections as head of the Power Task Force 2010 has already directed all generating companies and distribution utilities including the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to ensure stable power supply two-days before and after election.

In return, the concerned have already submitted their contingency plans and alternative measures in case untoward incidents happen. The DOE has put-up a national command center in Manila, with satellite centers in Cebu and Davao, to constantly monitor the power situation in the country.

With the declaration of May 10 as holiday, positive reserve of power supply is also expected which will lessen the threat of power interruptions during election day, said Maleza.

He added that COMELEC and SMARTMATIC have given their assurances that in case of power outage they have spare batteries for their machines with batteries that can last for 15 hours.

"We foresee no problem as to the power supply of the PCOS machine, however, in extreme scenario like total system shutdown due to sudden power plant shutdown and transmission lines' failures, our problem is on the lighting of the voting precincts", Maleza said.

In case such incident arises, Maleza encouraged the Board of Election Inspectors and other poll watchers to bring emergency lights that they can use.

Maleza further said that they have also requested major industrial and commercial establishments to use their own power supply in case of power shortage especially during peak hours on May 10, starting at 6 p.m. when the counting and transmission of the votes start. (PIA) [top]

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