Businessmen to CENECO: ‘Just Formulate Plans’

The business sector in Bacolod City yesterday dared the management of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) to formulate plans and effective measures to ease the problem of power shortage or brownouts due to lack of power supply in the Visayas grid.

Business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan (center) with La Carlota sugar planters President Bob Cuenca, SRA Commissioner Gina Martin, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Metro Pacific Director Ray Espinosa.*

Small businesses like restaurants that stock frozen foods complain of damages and losses incurred due to rotating brown-outs earlier and in previous weeks.

However, CENECO General Manager Simplicio Lagarde Jr. assured their consumers there is no cause for worry if deficiency happens at nighttime because the natural thing that they will do is rotate whatever power is left.

Meanwhile, Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Rhey Maleza confirmed the occurrence of 55 megawatts deficiency during peak hours last Monday afternoon and 45 megawatts deficiency during hours in the evening. Maleza said that shortages occur because of the emergency shutdown of Toledo Diesel Power Plant and the maintenance work of Iloilo Coal Fired Power Plant.

DOE, however, assured the public that normal operation will possibly resume tomorrow, Thursday, May 23.* (Clarence Locsin)


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