THE Department of Energy (DOE) has entered into an agreement with the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) allowing it to do the technical audit of power facilities in the country.
The PSME is the only accredited professional group of registered mechanical engineers in the country, and provides its technical auditing service free of charge.
The DOE and the PSME signed a memorandum of agreement on August 25 at the DOE Central Office in Taguig City.
The technical audit of all energy facility is envisioned to unravel the flaws in the generation-transmission-distribution chain that cause deficiencies in power supply.
“Public interest demands an appropriate intervention from both the government and the private sector to ensure consumer protection,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.
In line with the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), the DOE and the PSME will look into the current mechanisms aimed at ensuring the safety, efficiency, quality, reliability, and security of the power system.
The PSME counts 84,000 members with the necessary technical knowledge, expertise, and competence to help the DOE in assessing the power situation.
Earlier, the DOE also signed an agreement with the Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) to assist the DOE in the technical audit of power facilities.
The agreement was brought to the table because of the spate of power supply deficiencies due to forced outages of major plants in Luzon. The deficiencies resulted in rotational brownouts in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the past few weeks.
“DOE is determined to immediately address the recurring challenges in the power supply chain that affects the productivity of our people. The entry of PSME will strengthen DOE’s technical audit teams,” Cusi said.