The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) told provincial officials this week it is on target to complete by end of the current year its new automation system that is hoped to improve its overall power distribution services.

PALECO acting general manager and project supervisor Nelson Lalas said during the question hour of the provincial board that bidding for their Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is ongoing and that they are targeting to finish it on 2019.

“We are targeting that by the end of 2019 ay ating matapos ito, in fact, on-going ang bidding nitong SCADA system for Palawan grid. Ito ay isang solusyon para masolusyunan natin ang interruption sa generation, transmission, and distribution,” he said.

Lalas explained that the SCADA control system is important in improving PALECO’s power outage management as it could send notifications almost instantly whenever problems occur in the distribution.

“This will also enable us to have a quick response when power interruptions occur, mamo-monitor natin ang supply ng ating mga power providers that is why we need this SCADA,” he said.

Lalas also said in a previous report that they are also prioritizing the construction of five mega volt-ampere power substations for the northern and southern portions of Puerto Princesa City.

The budget for the acquisition of SCADA will come from the approved loan of PALECO to Rural Electrification Financing Corporation (REFC).

An amount of P1.082 billion loan to capital expenditure (Capex) was approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in December 2018 out of proposed P1.161 billion for its 2017 to 2021 Capex.