Unforgivable Brownouts and Inadequate Water in Iloilo City By Rhea B. Peñaflor

05 Jul

Unforgivable Brownouts and Inadequate Water in Iloilo City
By Rhea B. Peñaflor

Each day, it looks like PECO feels bad when there is no power outage in Iloilo City.
But what can it really do when the demand is too high for them to handle?

In the same vein, MIWD kept on billing its discontent consumers even there is nothing that comes out of their faucets.

Going back to the power problem, recall that in April 2009, Iloilo City has an estimated power demand of 76-megawatt but the then local chief executive, now Cong. Jerry P. Treñas said there is a reduced capability of NAPOCOR for PECO with 9 megawatts.
The total capability of generator Panay Power Corporation (PPC) for PECO is only 70 megawatts, assuming there is no breakdown of PPC plants. The total capability of NAPOCOR and PPC for PECO is only 79 megawatts by posting a 3-megawatt margin for reserve.
This reserve is still not enough, thus, the whole of Panay Island will continue to suffer frequent power blackouts. True enough, this is what we are experiencing now.
“Pirme na lang gabrownout, perde negosyo,” these are just some common lines one would hear from owners of small, medium and even big establishments in Iloilo City.

It is not only these establishments that suffer but even common people and even households do suffer too. Some home-based workers largely depend their jobs like online writing on electricity. There is no need to even explain the importance of electricity in this day and age.

Yes, power outage is not only true in Iloilo City, since we all know that even Manila is experiencing the same problem and it will be worse in the coming months. Increased demands for power, less supply equals blackouts. What is the next step then? Do we just complain?

Newly-elected Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in his inaugural speech said that he wants to be known as the mayor of small business persons with a hotline service for the city, who has the energy, strength and political will to implement projects and programs for the good of the city. Then this is the best time to address and prove to his constituents when we have the Top Two problems in Iloilo City: Electricity and Water.

He can start with providing efficiently these basic needs of the people.

Also, MIWD’s politicking should already come to an end. What is paramount should be the people’s welfare, not the clash between the board of directors (BODs) of the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) and its management.

Kalu-luoy lang ni ang mga kunsumidor. Tsk.tsk. Amo gihapon nga istorya. Kuris-kuris.

Are we always at the mercy of PECO and MIWD?
Sabat, pumuluyo sang Iloilo.


Posted by on July 5, 2010 in Editorials, Iloilo City, Opinions


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5 responses to “Unforgivable Brownouts and Inadequate Water in Iloilo City By Rhea B. Peñaflor

  1. Classmate Claire

    July 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Rea, I think the Mabilog administration would be better than the previous administration. We have to give Mayor Jed the chance to do something about this top two problems of the city.

    I have the feeling that he would make it. . . especially so that during his inauguration, he was well-behave! Unlike the other, who made Judge Natino tulala… heh3

    God bless Mayor Jed and his administration! God save Iloilo City!

    • rheapenaflor

      July 7, 2010 at 5:23 am


      Thanks for your comment. Yes, we need to help our local chief executive and the new administration. Fresh start, indeed and I hope that true to his word, Mayor Jed will keep his promise in addressing and solving these problems.


  2. Manuel "Boy" Mejorada

    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 am

    It’s not just the frequent brown-outs that need to be addressed. Equally important is the issue of power rates. Iloilo can never become attractive to investors if our power rates continue to hang above P10 per kwh. Hopefully, the new coal power plant can bring down the rates when it goes into operation by October.

  3. Gelay

    September 7, 2010 at 2:32 am

    hi. i am from cotabato city. but i have friends who are greatly affected with the brownout situation in Iloilo. i feel pity for them. But, i want to know how severe is the situation? How many hours ang brown-out everyday? may schedule ba, what are the affected areas? and is there a website where i can find any updates related to this matter? your response will greatly appreciated. thank you.

    • rheapenaflor

      September 7, 2010 at 2:47 am

      Every day, there is rotation of brown out. What I am not sure of is if those affected areas have notice of these power outages. In where I live, it’s from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and another one in late afternoons. As to updates, the best person to ask is the one from PECO. They will have the reliable info on what you need since PECO provides for electricity here in Iloilo City.


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