For several years now, the whole island of Mindanao has been affected by power shortage. Almost every summer season, the island’s provinces, cities, and towns have been suffering from frequent blackouts. There are even weeks when power interruption is scheduled daily and would last for several hours.
Having experienced the drawbacks of frequent power interruption, a lot of Mindanaoans are fearing that blackouts will wreak havoc on the upcoming national and local elections this May 9. Now that our country is using PCOS machines (which are powered by electricity), a blackout on the election day could really plunge the whole thing into disarray.
To help ease the fear of the people, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada has assured that the energy reserves in the region would be sufficient during the automated national and local elections this May. Monsada has even e-mailed a statement to concerned organizations regarding the fear of power interruption this May 9. In the letter, she said that all Filipino voters have the inherent right to have a clean election.
Just last April 8, the PTFE or the Power Task Force Election 2016 under the leadership of Monsada, convened in CdO to discuss with stakeholders pre-emptive measures that would ensure that there will be no power shortage during May 9. The PTFE has already visited the Agus 6 and 7 hydropower plants in Maria Cristina, Iligan City; its base within the Iligan Regional Disaster Command Center and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines are also stationed to ensure that the power supply is sufficient 10 days before and after the elections.
The Power Task Force Election was created under the power of the DOE, National Power Corporation, National Electrification Administration, and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. The task force’s main objective is to ensure that the power plants around the country are working and available, provide technical manpower in case of emergency situations, and implement maintenance on power facilities.
Apart from securing the supply of power in Mindanao, members of the task force have also visited their headquarters in Visayas (Banilad, Cebu). Just last April 21, 2016, the PTFE has also successfully finished conducting a test run that tested all systems among PTFE’s headquarters in Mindanao, Luzon, and Visayas.
Apart from the Power Task Force Election, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF) was also tasked to counter the bevy of attacks made by insurgents on the transmission lines. This task force is composed of the Mindanao Development Authority, Land Registration Authority, NGCP, Armed Force of the Philippines, DOE, National Transmission Corporation, National Power Corporation, DILG, and Department of Justice.
So Kagay-anons who are concerned about a possible power interruption during the May election have nothing to be worried about. Spread this news to everyone and vote wisely this May 9.