ZAMBOANGA CITY: Mindanao leaders on Friday warned that the continuous rotational brownouts in the region will weaken the country’s bullish economy unless concerned sectors get their act together to address the power crisis.
In Cagayan de Oro, construction entrepreneur and Min–danaoans for Mindanao (M4M) convenor Rolly Pelinggon told The Manila Times that most raw materials that boost the national economy come from Mindanao and if the region can no longer produce these raw materials due to power shortage, the national economy will suffer since it will have an adverse domino effect to the economy in Visayas and Mindanao.
Precious Nuval is among those small business owners lamenting the power crisis in this city.
Nuval, who owns the Red Bowl coffee shop at Zamboanga airport, said her best-selling products like ice cream and cold drinks could no longer be sold because ice cream often melts and cold drinks are no longer cold.
In North Cotabato, former vice president of the Federation of Barangay Kagawads and now a village chieftain of Kidapawan City Jon Carl Sibug said the power outages has affected his small Car Wash Business in the downtown area of Kidapawan. Sibug uses electric water pressure to wash off vehicles of clients
The barangay official also said that rotational brown out could pose a potential threat to North Cotabato especially in the health services sector.
The province reported 600 new cholera cases and if brown out persists, hospitals will have difficulty in providing immediate medical services to cholera victims in the province.
The province is in alert status after 8 persons reportedly died by the water-borne disease.
“If brownouts persist then the 600 recorded patients will have difficulty in getting immediate services from hospitals,” Sibug said.
The government said rotational brownout will continue up to 2016 but it was doing its best to address the power crisis.