The provincial government said it will be looking at tapping into renewable energy (RE) sources for off-grid areas in Palawan including Mangsee, the southernmost island in the municipality of Balabac.
This small island bordering Palawan and the Island of Bangui, Malaysia provides a dwelling place to more than nine thousand marginal fisher folks whose livelihood is from fishing and barter trading with their Malaysian neighbors.
In an interview on Thursday, provincial information officer Winston Arzaga said they have already provided two units of new power generator sets in partnership with the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) in 2017.
“May ginagamit na silang genset doon kaya kahit papaano may access na sila sa kuryente. Ang Mangsee kasi ay nasa off-grid area at malayong isla pa. Ang puwede dyan is ‘yan talagang genset or ‘yong applicable na renewable energy,” he said.
However, Arzaga did not give a timeline for the possible exploration, claiming it will take “a long time to explore suitable renewable energy for Mangsee.”
The two electric power generators provided to the island have the capacity to produce eighty-five (85) KVA base-load each unit sufficient to address the needs of a medium-sized community for electricity service on a controlled operating time of ten to twelve hours daily.