Cotabato residents complain of worsening 'brownouts'

Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Apr 07 2014 11:13 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2014 07:13 AM

COTABATO CITY -- Residents have started to complain about the worsening power interruptions recently experienced here.

Cotabato Light and Power Company (CLPC) implements two- to three- hour rotational brownouts which affect both big and small businesses in the city.

CoLight Communications Officer, Anna Lea Natano, said they are supplied with a very low load capacity from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and that the diesel-fed power plant sometimes trips off.

She added that from 15 megawatts, they are now allocated only 6-9 megawatts everyday, which is not enough for all consumers. Thus, CoLight has to implement rotational brownouts.

CoLight earlier said the load demand will increase this summer but power supply is expected to decrease as water levels from the hydro-power plants go down.

They are hoping that power supply will soon go back to normal.