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Rotating Brownouts in the Philippines


It is happening and it is crazy. The advisory by Meralco on the rotating brownout was not very helpful too. It’s irritating and unacceptable.

Why it is unacceptable? First, Meralco is a very rich company thriving on the basic need of the whole country — energy, electricity, power. This power cost is very expensive, as in too expensive for a basic commodity. The reason why Philippines economy is way behind its Asian neighbors, we have the most expensive energy cost in the whole of Asia. While top executives of Meralco and those in power from the energy board and other related agencies, ordinary people like us live in poverty because of paying unreasonable charges for electricity.

Second, brownouts are not acceptable because Meralco is in public service and one of the three principles of public service dictates that there should be a “continuity” of service especially at times the public need it. One can’t help thinking that all of these energy problems now are happening prior to the onset of the May 2010 election. Won’t be surprised if people will think the “election fraud drills” is already beginning.

Third, Meralco cannot issue a schedule of specific places and time where these absurd brownouts will hit. Like yesterday, I was attending a workshop when the microphone of the speaker died down and everything else followed. We wasted an hour of scheduled activities and lectures because of the brownout which could have been avoided if the organizer was advised about the schedule.

According to gmatv, Metro Manila cities and towns and parts of the surrounding areas are affected by these brownouts which would last for an hour or more. Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said these power interruption will begin 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. and were caused by a 245-megawatt shortage in electricity due to low water elevation in the Kalayaan hydroelectric plant in Laguna. Good to hear it will not strike in the evening which will cause people sleepless nights for sure.

Affected areas are Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon, Valenzuela, Las Piñas, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Makati and Taguig. Parts of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Quezon province, Rizal, and Batangas will also experience rotating brownouts.

Let’s just hope the the president will not be given by his cohorts “special powers” by declaring state of emergency due to these power shortage. That would be worse than these freaking brownouts.

photo from jammy’s blog.

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