Brownout worsens in Davao del Sur town

MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur – Residents of Davao del Sur suffer most the brunt of the power deficiency, especially that brownouts seem to be more often that the scheduled ones by the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO).

In this town alone, the scheduled weekly brownout on Wednesday that was supposed to start at 6 p.m. happened as early as 4:30 p.m. and lasted for over three hours. Not only that, the brownout again happened the following day, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Business establishment owners and even ordinary residents were pointing fingers at Dasureco for not announcing earlier the supposed brownout so that they can still have the time to prepare to avoid back jobs and work-related priorities.

The Dasureco is scheduling a rotating brownout at least once a week in selected areas all over the province after the National Power Corporation announced an acute shortage of power supply coming from its hydroelectric plants resulting to power generation deficiency in Mindanao Grid.

The situation reportedly prompted the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to resort to power load curtailment of electric cooperatives in Mindanao, including Dasureco.

According to Godofredo Guya, Dasureco general manager, the rotating brownouts may extend beyond 9 p.m. or not affect all of the areas specified in the schedule depending upon the advice of NGCP.

“Should there be new developments in the generation deficiency the public will be duly notified through written noticies and mass media,” Guya said in a public announcement last month.

But he failed to explain the successive brownouts in Magsaysay since it did not happen to other areas of the province. (ASA)


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