Power 'more than enough' as Philippines girds for economic restart

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2020 11:11 AM

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MANILA - Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Thursday the Philippines had "more than enough" power supply to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions in Metro Manila and other high risk areas are under lockdown or enhanced community quarantine until May 15 while the rest of the country will be on general quarantine, with looser restrictions starting May 1.

The country has "over-all" excess supply of 32 percent. The surplus is at 42 percent in Mindanao and 32 percent in the Visayas, said Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi.

"We have more than enough supply for the entire country," Cusi told ANC’s Headstart.

Power demand in Luzon is lower by 29 percent and "that gives us enough reserve for the projected increase," he said.

Measures are in place to ensure the availability of energy even after the enhanced community quarantine is lifted, he said.

“For power, I think after the ECQ there will be an increased demand in power because everybody would like to restart. We just have to be ready for that," he said.

"Hindi kami tumigil, quietly we did the preparation. Sa awa ng Diyos, we have enough supply both in power and oil," he said.