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MinDA bares contingency plan for 2010 elections

By Christy Carole B. Sanico

Tagum City (1 May) -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has announced its contingency plan for May 2010 elections during the joint 265th Regional and Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council conference held here on Thursday (April 29, 2010).

According to Arthur Necesito of MinDA, his office has formulated mitigating strategies to address power generation deficiency during the elections.

Part of the projected strategies is to run 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. within 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 shutdown their plant on May 8-12, 2010 to ensure continuous power at the polling places.

MinDA is also suggesting for the utilization of the 160 mw to 200 mw modular generators sets and the operation of the available embedded generators.

"We had a meeting with the government agencies last April 21, 2010 at MinDA conference room in Davao City, and discussed necessary plans for the forthcoming elections," Necesito added.

He disclosed that Danilo A. Cullo of COMELEC has declared that a total of more than 1,000 PCOS machines arrived in Davao last April 20. He said the machines are [currently] stored in Agdao warehouses."

Necesito also confirmed that "[According to Cullo,] the PCOS machines will be distributed to polling places on May 3 to May 6…"

He said that May 7 would be the schedule for testing and sealing of the machines…

Based from COMELEC's statement that since the problem is on lighting of polling precincts especially during critical time at 6 PM, Necesito said that RDCC should know the distribution of power scheme from power utilities and should not cut off power supply in schools and precincts.

Moreover, last April 26, 2010, MinDA arranged a follow up meeting attended by the following power sectors, namely: Therma Marine Mobile, DASURECO (Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative), DANECO (Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative), Aboitiz Power, HEDCOR, Davao Light & Power Company and Power Barge 104.

"The power plants announced their proposals and plans to work with us in assuring sufficient power during election," Necesito disclosed.

He said that DANECO committed to create public campaign on power control, while HEDCOR said will ensure that there will be no maintenance activities in all HEDCOR plants a week before and after election.

DLPC will implement Interruptible Load Program, offering private companies to use their own generators during the election, according to Necesito.

Moreover, Necesito affirmed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been preparing security and deployment plans in all areas in Region XI, especially in power plants, polling places and deployment of PCOS machines. (PIA-XI) [top]

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