Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SOCOTECO II’s Power Advisory amidst worsening cases of brownouts

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Are you sick and tired of all the unannounced power brownouts in Soccsksargen which have been happening at least four times daily, sometimes lasting for an hour or even up to 15 hours?

Have you ever wondered by SOCOTECO II has not come up with a pronouncement aside from the usual “EL NINO” excuse and a solution to all these since for sure, they saw this coming years back?

Anyway, for all that it is worth, we are publishing verbatim SOCOTECO II‘s latest Power Advisory sent out to the city’s media outlets and the City Mayor’ Office.

This notice was signed by SOCOTECO II’s Institutional Services Depatment Manager Geronimo C. Desesto.

POWER ADVISORY

EL NIÑO WORSENS POWER SITUATION IN MINDANAO, HOURS OF ROTATING BROWN-OUT INCREASE

The El Niño phenomenon worsens the already fragile power situation in Mindanao, as water level drops at faster rate than expected.

Over the week, SOCOTECOII customers experienced two to three times two-hour brown-out to meet National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ (NGCP) load curtailment requirements. Power supply curtailment has been imposed by NGCP in Southern Mindanao since August 2009 due to power generation deficiency, ranging from 20 MW to as high as 40 MW, daily.

As per recent NGCP advice, water elevation at hydroelectric power plants reaches below critical level. Power crisis is expected to continue until rainy season arrives or until power generation deficiency is addressed.

SOCOTECOII management implores for public’s understanding since this power crisis is beyond its control and is experienced by Mindanao and the Philippines, as a whole. The management also finds difficulty in coming up with load shedding schedule due to the erratic curtailment demands required by NGCP from SOCOTECOII, which varies at hourly basis.

Energy conservation activities are requested from all electricity users, especially during 5PM to 9PM, through the following:

  1. 1. No ironing of clothes on above-mentioned time;
  2. 2. Limited use of air-conditioner and other electrical appliances;
  3. 3. Unplugging of refrigerators/freezers from 6PM to 8PM;
  4. 4. Use one television set only for the whole family;
  5. 5. Sensible use of lighting facilities at home

Thank you.

# # # # #

Approved for Release:

GERONIMO C. DESESTO

Manager, Institutional Services Department

MARCH 1, 2010

ISD/MPR-Information

HOTLINE:  Telephone #s553-5848 to 50 local 133

And now for your rants and raves, complaints, whatever, you may write them down here. We’re sure SOCOTECO II will read them.

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42 thoughts on “SOCOTECO II’s Power Advisory amidst worsening cases of brownouts

  1. orman

    ayoko nang magtaray. iniisip ko na lang na nung bata pa ako grabe na din ang brown outs noon under KORELCO. back to basics na lang. the other night buong gabi kaming walang ilaw. hindi na ako nagpaka-stress… tinanggap ko na lang. sana magawan na ito ng paraan. anong masasabi ngayon ng archdiocese of marbel, aber? NO TO COAL-FIRED POWERED PLANT PA RIN BA? saan kami kukuha ng power? sa mga pwet nyo?

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    • bariles Post author

      @Orman, times like this, we need all the energy sources we can use but not at the expense of the environment. The problem with the diocese is that they always seem to be shooting from the hip. All talk and no alternative solutions to the problems at hand. All they do is oppose and chose to believe what they only want to believe. Di nakikinig sa explanation ng iba. Hay na lang!

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  2. anonymous

    Magandang GenSan sir avel.

    I hate brownouts! umuinit ulo ko! hehehe!

    can you give a suggestion to SOCOTECO II on how to stop this brown outs?!

    please please please…

    salamat po!

    -sana wla ng brown out oy!

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  3. Toinks

    NO TO COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT PROJECTS! anywhere else ever! Lets go for renewable sources of energy. Marami po dyan sa tabi tabi nito hindi lang natin pansin. Perhaps we can make use of Lake Maughan and Baluan Lake to put up hydroelectric power plants and at the same time use it as irrigation sources.

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  4. Toinks

    Let us explore our surroundings. We have lots and lots of potential sources of renewable energy…huwag po tayong magpaka BOBO at magsisi sa panahon ng paniningil…@NGC: ayu ayuha lang og drama sa mga brownouts chorvah…istoryahe pa mi… peace out po. XD

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  5. Ratpack

    Back to common sense… Dapat lang talaga tayo magtipid… And dapat lang tayo maghanap ng alternative energy source… Marami naman jang iba… Wind energy, or solar power… Mahangin ang Gen. Santos kasi malapit sa dagat and sobrang init ngaun, pwede siguro nating pagkakitaan ang El Niño… Calling all intelligent and rich people out there… sana po magtulungan tayo para ma-solve ang energy problem natin… God bless and Magandang GenSan.

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  6. sonnyc

    Yes, we need to conserve energy. General Santos City is growing, growth also raises the need for power and other resources, the local brownouts were never gone, it only worsened. Alternative power sources needs to be put in place. There may also be a need to examine our power providers if they are up to the task. Is it true that a government entity, NEA is running Socoteco ll?

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  7. maniak_ka

    yan kasi away pa man buksan ung power plant sa bataan. Kylan pa kaya ninyo buksan yan para mabawasbawasan na ung brown out. di na man cgoro life tym na yan. pang emergency lang d ba na masama ang gonoon.

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  8. ezra

    Magandang Gensan…

    hmmppp sna nga matapoz nah ang unwanted brown outs pra naman masaya ang buhay… Sah opinion koh kung matuloy ang pag buhay sah bataan nuclear plant, whaaaa malamng tibah2 nah naman and administrasyon, no need to mention… kila2 nah niya ang kanyansa sarili…

    oo nga bakit kasi yung coal fire power plant pah inuna nila, sana yung 7 falls project nah lang munah ang inuna nila…

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  9. survivor

    for your information….

    COAL POWER PLANT is the least efficient among all other power plants…
    ibig sabihin, maliit lang ang ginagenerate na power ng coal power plant…
    lalala pa ang init sa gensan..
    ewan ko sa inyo, baka gusto nyong maging lechon de leche… hehehehe

    why not use biodiesel, wind power plant, etc….. di ba pwede??

    marami namang ibang paraan ah….

    “promote green energy solutions to climate change and power crisis…”

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  10. rosilie

    This power shortage has been a regular issue since time memorial. Problem is, we cant even find eco-friendly alternatives and add-ons.

    We pay much for the electricity but we are not getting the worth of every penny paid. Gosh! Saan na napunta binayad natin. El Nino can be forecasted but we did no do much to prepare for it.

    Ang hirap pa nman matulog sa gabi pag brownout. Hirap na nga buhay ng pinoy, pinahihirapan pa lalo. Sigh!!!!

    This problem should be addressed nationally and must seek long – term solution and not just blame el nino for it. Our politicians seem too busy with politics than relieving environmental and social crises. Hay naku! Only in the philippines.

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  11. harlem jude

    mmm…
    magandang gensan pa ba to?
    huh…
    everytym magbrownout,
    expression ko is..
    parang hindi sanay na may brownout every nyt..
    parang..uver uver sa BADTRIP and everything…

    grabeh… napuputol trabaho ko,
    working with emergency homeworks..,
    na kailangan ng computer..
    research.., video edits,, music downloads
    for recital.. haie grabeh! haha…
    grabeh na ..uver uver..

    bahala nah..
    habambuhay na to..!!!(–,).
    c’mmon gensan., c’mmon..

    “igang raba kaayo aaie!”..haha.,
    kabago bago lang bumalik ang kuryente dito sa amin,..(–,)

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  12. Toinks

    I really smell something fishy going on regarding that damned coal-fired powered plant project…una ginawang dahilan ang kawalan (umano) ng hanap buhay or income ng mga taga Maasim…tsk tsk tsk kawawang mamamayan ng Maasim, ginamit nang husto para kumita ang mga gahaman…at the expense of the environment and the future of everyone around that project…at ngayon…nakahanap yata sila ng justification sa nangyayaring El Nino at kunwari daw umaangat na ang ekonomiya ng Mindanao kung kaya kinapos sa enerhiya…ang tanong: kelan pa umangat? as in todo todo ged? Istoryahe pa mi!!

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  13. anonymous

    super hottah pa namn ngayon at palagi pa brown-out. grrr!

    nways, just so you’ll know, one solar panel costs P30T. pwde lng transistor, 1 light paandarin. back to basic gd ta eh. paypay-de-kamay pa rin.

    wind enrgy? not enough dw hangin sa atin, accdg to study. hangin ng mga kandidatu, pwede kya gamitin. hekhekhek!

    coal plant? masama dw sa environment, sabi ni father but to quote sir orman, asa namo isaksak among appliances, sa inyong pwet. ehmm..excuse me, may “A” ako.

    ocean current? wala nyan sa Pilipins. onli in d rich kantri. expensv dw xado.

    hydro, 7 falls? da best option. calling all investors pls.

    love peace, not war!!!

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  14. white knight

    Well, back to basic nalang talaga tayo sa ngayon. But im just wondering why in other places such as in Koronadal, Surallah, etc.their brownouts would only take 2-4 hours a day. Were as ours takes 6 hours a day on the average? Bakit sa atin na we are a big city, with many businesses/establishments depending on electricity have been deprived of this situation. Why?

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  15. Toinks

    Look at China, they have lots and lots of coal-fired power plants. Now, they have problems eliminating air pollution. Smogs here and there..everywhere.

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  16. Toinks

    Look at China now…they have lots and lots of coal power plants. Now, they are having huge problems eliminating air pollution. Remember the Beijing Olympic games? Smog here and there, smog everywhere!

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  17. jose tan

    ksalanan ito ng lgu gensan,mahilig mang bara ng projects ng adjacent municipality.di sana ok na ung coal powered plant sa maasim.nagun cno ang namomoblema?di nman nila mapiling mga canning sa paggamit ng uling!mga himantaton!

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  18. benjackcool pe

    tang inang power shortage to ung una 2 hours lang naging 3hrs, 4hours walang keryente shohada haram malaykam!!!!!!!!!

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  19. bingG

    Sana subsidize ng government Solar Panel systems. One solar panel system per home. Or bumili sila ng maraming solar panels, pautang sa tao, hulugan lng yung bayad. Yung me trabaho, pwedeng ikaltas sa sweldo. Daming possibilities.

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  20. busyjay

    walang kuryente lagi! mainit pa dahil sa el nino!…….

    solar energy ang solution… (mahal nga lang)

    hehehe….

    take na natin as an opportunity ang tag-init sa paggamit ng solar panels… weeeeeee

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  21. elabiz

    Mushrooming big establishments the like of malls suck-up most power power produced by old power generating station and not to mention the dilapidated power grid that supply Mindanao including GenSan. I think, it is high-time to built several new power generating station to suffice power shortage in the area.

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  22. elabiz

    busijay is right. Look at India, several companies now are busy manufacturing solar devices from solar operated flashlights, solar garden lights, solar water pumping station and more. If Philippine government will also simulate of invest in this clean energy technology, power shortage will ease headship during brown-outs.

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  23. EronTuron :D

    Di lng naman siguro “coal fired power plant” ang solution sa Power sa Crisis dito sa MIndanao .. marami ang tutol kasi nakakasama nga ..

    Sa phenomenon ngayun na nararanasan pwde gamitin mga Solar Energy
    mas magagamit pa yun sa panahon ngayon.

    Pwde ring windmills na pwde naman ilagay sa mga malapit sa dagat.

    Aanhin mo naman yung power plant na nakakatulong nga sa power crisis
    pero nakakasama naman ito sa kalusugan ng tao.

    (OPINYON KO LNG :D)

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  24. Toinks

    yan ang resulta ng pagka hayok sa kayamanan…”bahala na kayo dyan basta ako kikita ako”–yan ang moto ng mga buwisit na yan.

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  25. unknown!

    why not invest on solar enery? lalo na ngayon na el nino.. khit d nga el nino eh mainit pa rin!.. put up solar panel in MSU cguradong whole year 24/7 may electricity supply.. ahehehe !

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  26. Toinks

    Solar energy is not yet feasible in terms of huge production of energy. best options would be hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and natural gas.

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  27. CRISTINA

    haaay na lang no quality of life na jud ang mga Pilipino.kahit mag relax na lang pinagkait pa. paano tayo makapag relax kng ganito kainit.di makagamit ng fan cos la koryente. ganito na ba talaga tayo kamalas? Sawang sawa na talaga ako mula pagkabata ko pa i also experienced this brown outs. hangang ngayon ba ganon pa rin? O please , those who are in the position do something.

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  28. gem

    why not use the abundance of solar energy that we have? use solar home systems. we have one at home and during the scheduled or unscheduled brownouts especially in the evening we still have electricity. it may costs us initially but long term we will have cut down our electricity bill and be able to help the environment…..

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  29. CRISTINA

    Hi gem can you recommend a company that install your solar home systems. gagayahin na rin kita.yes good idea.

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  30. Toinks

    @gem: wow talaga? saan kayo nakabili? at gaano naman kalakas ang power na nagegenerate nito sa buong maghapon?

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  31. Alen Deer

    Blaming it all El Nino is bullshit. We have this excruciating brownouts because the goverment officials are siiting on their fat ass doing nothing. They knew all about this years back, but they did nothing.

    They don’t care about our problems in Mindanao. Why would they? there is no money to be made here, and they are all sitting in Manila where there is no brownouts.

    The Aroyo goverment is the most ineffective, insensitive, unresponsive and corrupt. Ubos na nilang ninakaw and pero kaya wala ng pera para sa Mindanao.

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  32. jowwel

    i think oras na pra maipatupad yung Coal-fired power plant. it could help us a lot kahit may effect sa environment.. ganun din naman e, yung mga taong nagsusunog ng basura wala na ngang magandang benefit may masapa pang epekto sa kalikasan.

    but the BEST way is matauhan na sna tayo

    its time for a CHANGE. be responsible citizen. we should take good care of our mother earth, pangalagaan. wag n nating hintayin na gumanti ito..

    itong nararanasan nating Rotating Brownouts? PATIKIM palang to!

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  33. lhadz

    Magandang Gensan!

    My maganda pa ba?

    I think, should not sit around and do nothing..Siguro naman my budget para jan. We are in energy crisis now, sana naman magawan nyo ng paraan kung paano malutasan eto. madali lang ata sa inyo humothut eh…peace! ang galit, guilty! Taas na nga ang Taxes natin. saan na yun??!! Pera ng bayan yun! sana naman, ang bayan rin makinabang. and I say no to coal power plants! its a big no NO!
    Ika nga nila, lahat ng problema my solusyon. Pera lang ang kelangan jan. Diba? kaya gamitin na yun para magkaroon man lang ng power barges dito sa atin. bakit ang davao kung mag Blackout 1hour lang? na di hamak mas malaki pa sila kompara sa Gensan. ano na yun? wala naman sanang puro el nino ang palusot. pano tayo aangat nito? Robinson pa lang andito ha. how much more kung papasok ang ibang investor? anong kuryente maipapamukha natin sa kanila? Socoteco, ayusin nyo serbisyo nyo. puro lang kayo dagdag ng bayad. yung mga empleyado nyo pati management, magbayad din kayo! baka kami pa nagbabayad ng ginagamit nyo privately.

    Peace na lang! sana my solution pa. Kaya nga ng iba gumawa ng alternative source of energy that cost 8k lang..sana kayo meron din.

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  34. Syang

    I absolutely agree with you ihadz ….. okay (slight) lang naman na mahaba ang brownouts but d 1miliion question s that how come na lalong tumaas ang babayaran natin sa kuryente …. di ba harapang pagnanakaw yan sa ating mga consumers …. b4 we r paying 3500/mo. lang bakit now its already 4800 …wwwwhhhhhaaaatttt???????? mas mahaba pa nga ang brownouts kesa me kuryente…… please naman socoteco naturingang cooperative pa naman kayo pero ur taking advantage of ur members….maawa naman kayo ….. baka kahit wala na talagang kuryente d whole month sisingilin nyo pa rin kami ….. better na mag-provide na lang ng power barges para maibsan man lang ang galit namin sa inyo coz kahit na magbayad kami ng malaki na-enjoy naman namin ang services nyo…… and please magbayad na rin ng kuryente ang mga empleyado nyo mahiya naman kayo ur enjoying d comfort of using electricity at our expense …kapal nyo….
    Yun lang and f sino yung magagalit GUILTY talaga …di ba ihadz

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  35. Jessejino

    Best choice will be hydroelectric power stations.

    I hope si Congressman Pacquiao will create a task force/think tank to create a plan, blueprint and proposal to push this type of project.

    I’m sure me mga foreign investors that are ready, willing and able basta viable lang ang project proposal.

    What’s the use of Mindanao River for slow current hydroelectric source?

    Puwede pang i-combine as potable water source.

    Nandiyan din ang Mt. Apo for geothermal source. It cost some money to build but it will pay-off in the long run.

    Pag-hindi stable ang energy supply, all the local residents and businesses will suffer. Pati tourista hindi na babalik. I hope they’ll do something. Diyan ko pa naman balak mag-retire…mga ilang taon pa oy’… bata pa ako (sa isip).

    On the bright side yong init nakakapawis (burn ang calories mo) kaya lang gutom ka naman pagbalik ng ilaw ka-in uli.

    Regards sa lahat.
    JJ:>)

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  36. unidentified

    may kunting reklamo lang sana ako mga empleyado ng socoteco at sana po e maaprobahan agad.about eto sa illegal tapping yon bang stop yong pagikot ng kwentador.pakicheck po lahat ng kwentador sa phase 2 gensanville subd. Bula gensan,sana po e gabi nyo tignan ng makita nyo kababalaghan na ginagawa nila…salamat po.

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  37. alantorrejas

    please check post number gs 03670 kay tumatagilid na.dito sa may zone 4 block 4 purok 15 ,lagao,lagao,gensan city.

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