Adding to Puerto Princesa’s famous taglines, namely “City in the Forest” and “City of the Living God,” the city can now be considered as “City in the Dark” because of the frequent power outages, said Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez in his privilege speech during the 44th regular session of the Provincial Board.
Rodriguez lamented that Puerto Princesans and Palaweños do not deserve the kind of service currently being provided by the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).
“This is not normal,” he said.
The legislator also underscored the irony of the current situation.
“We are home to Malampaya that supplies 40 to 45% of power requirements in Luzon. So, how come?” he stressed out.
Rodriguez also cited previous media statements made by PALECO Manager Ric Zambales where the latter said he will resign from office if there will be massive load shedding this year like what happened last year. Rodriguez did not categorically say that Zambales must resign but he said PALECO must listen to the sentiments of the consumers and the public.
Meanwhile, Board Member Albert Rama shared the sentiments of Rodriguez and cited PALECO’s lack of vision as the root cause of the current electricity problem in the province.
“Hindi nila na-anticipate ang laki ng demand, ang mga problema…” he said.
Both legislators, including Board Member Roseller Pineda, have expressed the immediate need to address the current electricity problem to minimize its negative effects to local tourism.