The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) will impose the necessary penalty to DMCI Power Corporation and other independent power producers (IPP’s) for not providing the power requirement stipulated in the Power Supply Agreement (PSA).
Atty. Raymund Acosta, chair of Paleco board said during the 35th Annual General Membership Assembly Meeting, Saturday, that their legal counsel is now reviewing the PSA’s with the IPP’s and will impose sanctions on them even with the absence of penalty clause in the agreements.
Cynthia Sumagaysay-Del Rosario of the Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE) said member- consumers have the right to know about the agreements.
Paleco is hesitant to provide copy due to the confidentiality clause of the agreement as discussed during the 34th AGMAM.
DMCI Power Corporation is supposed to provide 25 megawatt of power to Paleco but only provides 15 megawatt of power, del Rosario pointed out.
“ Ang kontrata ay ilang beses na nilang nilabag,” said Del Rosario.
She added that power shortage is not the culprit of regular and prolonged power outages but the distribution lines of Paleco that is not capable of handling the huge load resulting in power loss.
“Hanggang hindi naaayos ang distribution lines hindi mareresolba ang brownout,” she said.
According to Paleco manager Ric Zambales the existing power supply of the city and province is 53.7 megawatt and the total power requirement during peak load is 34 megawatt which confirms that there is enough power supply contrary to the clamor of many.
He said that team of Paleco engineers conducted a study through Power Supply Reliability Committee (PSRC) which undertook a study or analysis of the Paleco distribution system.
The team recommended for the transfer of DMPCI plant near the load center to avoid system loss.
Palawan governor Jose Chaves -Alvarez sees nothing wrong with his intention to offer help to the city government on the pressing electricity crisis.
Speaking during the 35th AGMAM, Alvarez said whatever help is needed by the city, the provincial government is ready to assist especially on the power crisis.
“Walang masama kung magtutulungan ang probinsya at syudad upang gumanda ang buhay ng mga mamamayan,”Alvarez said.
Alvarez who is a known for his pro-development stance urged Palaweňos to unite to achieve development by being supportive to the programs or projects of the government by having reliable source of energy.
“Napag-iiwanan na ang Palawan ng (northern) Mindanao,”‘ he said.
The province of Palawan is known as the No.1 island destination in the world with an unprecedented influx of tourists.
But local leaders feared that this will be hampered due to regular power outages that affect the businesses and the public in general.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla guest of honor during the AGMAM said he wants the power problem in the province be solved in one to three months.
Petilla is scheduled to meet the Paleco key officers to assess the problem.
“Sa lalong madaling panahon we will resolve the problem on electricity,” Petilla said.