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Diesel-fed generator sets to deal with Mindanao power shortage urged

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Eddie Villanueva. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The government should shoulder the procurement cost of diesel-fed generator sets that the Department of Energy would use as a short-term solution to the Mindanao power crisis, senatorial candidate Eddie Villanueva said on Tuesday.

Villanueva, the Bangon Pilipinas party’s lone senatorial candidate in next month’s midterm polls, called his proposal “a more plausible alternative to the DOE plan to offer modular 0.5 to 1-megawatt capacity diesel generator sets through a $200-million loan facility the agency is considering to make available to electric cooperatives in the southern Philippines.”

“Placing the burden of procuring the generator sets on electric cooperatives will make this solution less acceptable for the same cooperatives that will be forced to pass on the added cost to their respective consumers,” the Jesus is Lord church leader also said.

In a statement, Villanueva warned that the poorest households in Mindanao would be hardest hit by “higher electricity bills resulting from this additional pass-on cost.”

“The government should own up to its failure to develop Mindanao’s power generating capacity that has now resulted in rolling brownouts in some parts of the region. As such, it should shoulder the cost of implementing stop-gap measures to meet the region’s power requirements while the construction of base load power plans is ongoing,” he said.

With Mindanao already amid the eight-hour rotating brownouts, Villanueva said, the Aquino administration should drop its “loan offer” to electric cooperatives and instead, take the initiative by procuring generator sets and deploying them to electric cooperatives.

Villanueva emphasized the urgency of the situation by citing the warning of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines of a 112-megawatt power supply shortfall in April with a daily peak load of 1,114 mw.”

Villanueva believes “the deployment of diesel-fired generation sets should only be viewed as an immediate-term measure to shore up power supply in Mindanao.”

“The goverrnment should also aggressively develop the region’s generating capacity as a long-term solution to its power woes,” he emphasized.

The JIL head urged the DOE to “provide incentives for the development of new power facilities in Mindanao.”

Villanueva supported calls for the development of alternative energy sources such as solar facilities, run-of-the-river and biomass power plants to lessen Mindanao’s dependence on hydro-power plants.


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  • Ben

    Why don`t they procure a natural gas fed generator instead of the expensive diesel? In the first place, they know from the start the country will grow and more businesses will put pressure on the power supply, why did they not planned this ahead of time? Well, the government is busy politicking and each and everyone in the government is busy asking for “padulas” or grease money (even if the businesses would not support this kind of corruption, they are being forced to) or your project will be intentionally delayed…like the PPP so much for the daang matuwid. This government has the money if there is a political will, but if there a chance for officials to get rich, they would rather keep the expensive ones and bleed the people of their money to pay for an expensive electricity…

  • buritos

    Sa mga taga Luzon importante ang MRT na may subsidy ang government amounting to
    billions of peso every year. Sa aming mga taga Mindanao mas importante sa amin sa ngayon ang stable Power supply. Sana Pnoy bigay mo muna sa amin ngayong 2013 ang subsidy sa MRT pra maayos ang problema nmin dito.

  • Mark

    Si Manny Pacquiao nangako na magtatayo daw ng Economic Zone sa Sarrangani, anong ngyari dun, pulitoko na nga si Pacquiao, puro dada lang. Ngayon sya mag magaling, tumulong sa problema sa power crisis sa Mindanao, ang problema kasama nya sina Binay, Enrile at Estrada, so alam natin na puro salita lang ang maririnig natin sa kanila.

  • rudy_boy

    The fact is
    you cannot produce a Electric Power Plant overnight.

    The fastest
    way is thru the installation of expensive generator /diesel fired Modular
    plants.

    Dyan
    kumikita ang mga corrupt DOE, NPC OFFICIALS,
    as pressured by Malacanang.
    Matagal ng racket sa NPC/DOE yan….panahon pa ni Ramos, Erap, GMA, todate
    pinapaikot pa rin ang gobyerno ni Aquino.

    A
    comprehensive nationwide POWER DEVELOPMENT PLAN should be addressed by the
    present government. Meron nyan ang NAPOCOR (NPC), panahon pa ni Marcos pero sinisira
    ng mga gahamang private investors, ka kutsaba ang mga officials ng DOE. Malaki
    kasi ang kita dyan….billion pesos.

    Ano ba ang
    alam nitong si Villanueva sa Power generations…I subsidized ng gobyerno ang
    electricity, tapos babayaran ng lahat ng mga Pilipino? Basahin nyo yung
    Missionary Fees sa electric bill nyo,,,,yun ang share natin sa subsidized
    electricity ng NPC.

    • pfc_kulapu

      remember during cory time under sec. aboitiz matindi din ang power crisis in visayas, and now ninoy time under sec. almendras na tao ng mga aboitiz power crisis in mindanao.. Booming again ang business ng mga aboitiz…

  • generalproblem

    bat kaya di na lang si bro eddie mag finance bilyonaryo naman na ang JIL

  • rolandtr

    Nothing can be moronic than this! Mindanao politicians refused to connect to the Visayas Luzon grid because they did not want their electricity bill to increase..They cried their hydro power is enough for Mindanao. Now they are crying for the national government to put in money for them. Bro Eddie must realized that this proposal will not be for the poor users of electricity in Mindanao. This will only benefit the private corporations, the rich, and the middle class who can afford to pay for the actual cost of their power consumption. If Bro Eddie wants to subsidize the poor power consumers, he should proposed a targeted subsidy for low consumption clients of Mindanao cooperatives. Otherwise, they will live in a bubble again thinking that they should not pay for the cost of their power needs. Mindanao needs economic restructuring for it to develop and contribute to the vast potential of the country. Power source and power cost is one this very important restructuring. I hope PNoy will not listen to this moronic propossal.

    • buritos

      Puede naman sigurong stop na ang subsidy ng government sa MRT at ibigay sa Minadanao.Para sa amin taga Mindanao tama si Villanueva.

    • Palparan

      this is what you get in a country ruled by dumb lawyers! Its only in the Philippines that you have an Energy Secretary who is a lawyer. In US and Europe, energy ministers are either scientist or engineers….hopless ang Pilipinas



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