The Department of Energy (DOE), as lead agency of Power Task Force Election (PTFE) 2016, met with stakeholders to ensure that systems will be in place 10 days before the local and national elections on May 9 this year.
Toward that end, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada recently went to Mindanao to personally check the Agus 6 and 7 hydropower plants in Iligan City as well as the PTFE headquarters within the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)-Iligan Regional Disaster Command Center (IRDCC).
Monsada said Filipino voters deserve clean and unquestionable elections, which could be made possible by stable provision of electricity during the poll period.
PTFE members are scheduled to visit the PTFE Visayas headquarters in Banilad, Cebu City, on April 15.
There will be a dry run on April 21 to also ensure that all communication lines would be working well between NGCP and Regional Disaster Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to the Overall Disaster Command Center of NGCP in Diliman,Quezon City.
PTFE and its members conducting information, education and communication campaign in local communities is in compliance with deputization of the DOE and other energy agencies by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to see to it that adequate, steady and reliable power supply before, during and after next month’s national and local elections.
The DOE is enjoining energy consumers to use electricity judiciously in their daily activities.
Power supply updates on Election Day will be published through the DOE’s Twitter account [@DOE_PH], Facebook account [www.facebook.com/doe.gov.ph] and the DOE website [www.doe.gov.ph], as well as in various social networking sites of the PFTE members at a designated time in the morning, afternoon and evening.