Zamboanga City faces 8-hour blackouts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2012 01:09 AM | Updated as of Apr 19 2012 06:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Residents of Zamboanga City will have to endure longer blackouts as the Pulangi Hydropower Plant undergoes maintenance shutdown.

From 4 to 5 hours, the power outages will be extended to 8 hours—4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon until evening.

According to Elbert Atilano, one of directors of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco), the power deficiency in the region has increased to 27 megawatts.

Several businesses in the city have been complaining as they began to experience the negative effects of the blackouts.

Even small cafeterias have lost customers due to the lack of power.

Zamcelco said it has received provisionary authority from the Energy Regulatory Commission to acquire power from Therma Marine Incorporated, an independent power producer while waiting for the court’s decision on its rate petition.

However, there is a possibility that the long blackouts may last until May.

Zamcelco was only allowed to purchase 18 megawatts of power from TMI, well short of the 27-megawatt power deficiency in Zamboanga City. -- Report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga