By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Despite Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Supervisor Rey Maleza reporting a majority of power sub-stations in the Visayas have been repaired, following last month’s 6.5-magnitudue earthquake that struck Leyte, ongoing repairs to connections between Luzon and the Visayas may result in load shedding, or the shutdown of electrical power.
“We still don’t know when the power supply in the Visayas will be normalized,” he said. “The needed spare parts to repair the remaining sub-stations are still being ordered.”
Maleza noted, with the ongoing repairs, Luzon is unable to provide the Visayas with power when there is a shortage.
Earlier this month, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Western Visayas Information Officer Michelle Vicera made similar statements regarding the power connection between the two regions, but noted the supply of electricity in the Visayas is “abundant.”
She added, with Negros connected to Panay via submarine cables, the latter can supply supplemental electricity if there is a shortage./WDJ