• Rolling blackouts alarm senators


    SENATE Minority Leader Ralph Recto on Wednesday filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the simultaneous shutdown of six power plants that led to rolling blackouts in Luzon.

    Recto wants the Senate committee on energy to look into the power situation in the Luzon grid and determine the cause of the simultaneous shutdown of the power plants.

    Recto noted that the power interruptions being experienced in Luzon “could disrupt the economic growth momentum of the Philippines and could discourage potential foreign investors.”

    He was referring to the power interruptions in various areas from July 25 to 31 after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raised the red alert status twice and yellow alert daily.

    Red alert is raised when the contingency power reserve is zero or when a power generation deficiency exists, while the yellow alert is raised when power reserves hit below the minimum level.

    Recto said the chamber should determine “measures that would further ensure a reliable and secure supply of electric power.”

    Meanwhile, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalina, who heads the committee on energy, called on the
    Executive department to immediately address the country’s unstable power supply, noting that a Luzon-wide power outage would cost the country P3.3 billion in economic productivity per hour.

    “Widespread power outages across Luzon would bring national economic productivity to a standstill. The Duterte administration must look into immediately expanding the power supply by tapping new energy resources.” said Gatchalian in a statement.

    Gatchalian said the P3.3 billion was computed from official 2016 first quarter gross domestic product statistics released by the Philippine Statistics Authority earlier this year.

    These statistics include potential losses from industries that rely primarily on grid power, including manufacturing, retail, trade and the services sector.


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    1. Delfin Todcor on

      There must be a hidden agenda here. Those involved in energy business wants to cripple the new administration or want to increase the electricity rate or the Chinese send businessmen whom the previous administration allowed to be involved in the ill conceived privatization wants to sabotage our economy. This is a very serious problem because it involve national economic security threat! The energy should never be privatize but must be HONESTLY MANAGE BY PATRIOTIC GOVERNMENT FILIPINO WORKERS in order to protect and ensure National interest vs the greedy and BIG profit oriented thinking of some private individual,who is willing to sell his soul just to make profit!Why? Because his God is money not the creator of money and the whole wealth on earth! Matthew 16:26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?Luke 12:15-21New King James Version (NKJV)

      15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness,[a] for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

      16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

      21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”.. Dear Jesus we call on you to render justice and righteousness and protect our Nation and open the eyes of the business leaders to the gospel to convict their hearts and love the Philippines and the people specially their workers. Help the elites and the Oligarchs to lead with love,honesty,faith and hope so that we will see the real reforms in our nation because you said that if we humble ourselves then you will heal our Nation(2 Chronicles 7:14). Help the rich and government officials see that without you all our labors are nothing but greed and destruction( John 10:10;15:1-16). God Bless our nation.