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The City Council will summon next week the officials of Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) and their three independent power producers (IPPs) to explain the constant power interruptions occuring in the city.

The move was pushed by Councilor Jimmy Carbonell who complained, in a privilege speech, of the “poor service” of the power providers.

“Lalo pong lumulubha ‘yong mga sitwasyon. Noong araw hindi naman po tayo nakakarinig na ang isang paniki, ‘yong isang tuko ay nagiging dahilan [ng brownouts/blackouts],” Carbonell said.

He said PALECO should fix the situation immediately or the City Council will take action to protect the consumers.

“Ako ay nananawagan sa ating Palawan Electric Cooperative, lagi ganoon na lamang lagi ‘yong ating naririnig na dahil doon sa isang tuko, sa isang ahas [ang dahilan ng power outages], parang hindi po ito tamang rason. Sa tagal na ng panahon hindi man lang nila ginawan ng solusyon kung itong mga high-tension wires na ito ay uninsulated, ay bakit hindi nila gawaan ng paraan, palitan at palitan” Carbonell said.

Councilor Nesario Awat said PALECO’s three IPPs — Delta P Incorporated (Delta P), Palawan Power Generation Incorporated (PPGI), and DMCI Power Corporation — will also be summoned to appear during the session next week.

On January 11 this year, PALECO blamed the power outage to a gecko that reportedly got caught in an electrical pole wire in Barangay Sta. Monica.

A power outage on April 19 was blamed on a snake that made its way up to a National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) transmission line tower in Barangay Isaub, Aborlan.