SOCOTECO II’s Power Advisory amidst worsening cases of brownouts
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.
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. No ironing of clothes on above-mentioned time;
- 2. Limited use of air-conditioner and other electrical appliances;
- 3. Unplugging of refrigerators/freezers from 6PM to 8PM;
- 4. Use one television set only for the whole family;
- 5. Sensible use of lighting facilities at home
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Approved for Release:
GERONIMO C. DESESTO
Manager, Institutional Services Department
MARCH 1, 2010
HOTLINE: Telephone #s553-5848 to 50 local 133