The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that there are several hydro-power plants that will be constructed in Eastern Visayas starting next year.
This was bared during the Power 102 seminar held at the St. Mark hotel in Cebu City last week, which is sponsored by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and attended by selected media practitioners and government information officers from Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Aguinaldo Briones, of DOE Visayas, said some of these plants would be built in Samar and Leyte.
He said the DOE already assessed several areas for the projects. Briones, however, is not certain where the hydro power plant will be constructed at this time.
It was reported though that one plant would be built in Barangay Kaminto, an upland barangay of Inopacan, Leyte where the Kalog River is located.
The objective of the project is to increase the power production in the region.
In Iloilo City, which is beset with a series of power outages in the past few weeks, the Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC) is set to isolate Iloilo City from power interruptions.
Engr. Randy Pastolero, Panay Electric Company (PECO) vice president for operations issued the statement on Monday, September 7, after the implementation of more than six hours of blackout in Panay and Negros islands on Sunday.
Pastolero said the blackout was triggered by a lightning that hit the Mabinay to Kabankalan transmission line in Negros Island that affected power supply from the National Grid Corp of the Philippines.
The power outage raised concerns as Iloilo City is set to host three important top level meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference on September 21 until October 6, 2016.
The PECO official said that steady power is assured in areas where meetings will be held such as the Megaworld, hotels, resorts and restaurants.
The plan will field at least three units of live trucks to readily answer power shortage in a given area and the fielding of roving motorcycle units to check on the power connections.
This will also include running of three units of diesel machines as standby power for the output of GBPC subsidiaries Panay Energy Development Corp and Panay Power Corp as power generators.