Mindanao blackouts hurt businesses

by Chat Ansagay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

Posted at Apr 19 2012 10:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2012 06:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Residents and businessmen in General Santos and Zamboanga expressed dismay over the long and frequent blackouts in Mindanao.

Store owners are already suffering big losses due to the outages.

Jessica Anito's eatery in General Santos, for instance, has not been earning much these past few days.

It's dark and hot in her store due to the power outages.

There's a shortage of 100 to 150 megawatts with a hydropower plant in Bukidnon undergoing repair.

General Santos and some parts of the region have experienced 4 hours of rotating brownouts daily since the rehabilitation of the hydropower plant.

This is pushing consumers to find ways to deal with the situation.

The Majaducon family is now using generators so production for their ice cream business will not be disrupted.

“Kapag medyo matagal ‘yung brownout, imbes na sa kuryente, diesel nalang,” said Alexander Majaducon.

In Zamboanga, Teresita Collado's dress shop has already suffered big losses since they were forced to use a generator.
The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative explains they do not receive enough power supply from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Even though power barges will be used, there is still a shortage of over 200 megawatts in Mindanao. -- ANC