BROOKE’S POINT, Palawan — The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) has blamed “overloading” as the cause of constant power outages in the southern municipalities of Brooke’s Point and Bataraza during the community quarantine period.

Engr. Ian Badua, electrical services officer of PALECO Brooke’s Point, told the municipal council on Tuesday that the influx in power consumption was caused by a spike in power demand of residents who were mostly confined in their home during April and May, an event that was not anticipated by the electric company.

“Hindi natin inaasahan ang biglang pagtaas ng power consumptions natin so minsan hindi kinakaya ng power provider natin (DMCI Power Corp.) ang sobrang biglaang pagtaas kaya nagkakaroon tayo ng brownout,” Badua said.

Badua said that the total power consumption in two southern towns was pegged at 5.4 megawatts, 4.2 megawatts for Brooke’s Point while 1.2 megawatts for Bataraza. However, DMCI’s current power capacity is only at 4.0 megawatts, based on the combined load of its five generator sets.

“4.0 megawatts lamang ang power supply nila sa ngayon. I-compare mo sa 5.4 megawatts na kailangan ni Brooke’s Point kasama ang Bataraza ay hindi talaga ma-meet ang power supply,” Badua added.

Badua said that PALECO has already asked DMCI to add more generator sets in its power plant in Brooke’s Point to compensate for the increased demand in power consumption.

“Sa ngayon, may arrangement naman si PALECO kay DMCI. As solution, magdadagdag si DMCI Brooke’s Point ng generator set,” Badua said.

However, no timeline was set as to when the additional generator sets would be provided.