Brownout-stricken Mindanao has been assured of a more stable power supply when newly-constructed power plants become fully operational later this year.
This assurance was made by President Benigno Aquino III during his recent visit to Cagayan de Oro City.
These power plants are expected to generate not less than 300 megawatts of electricity, which according to the President, is “almost double the available capacity in the region.”
Currently, many places in Mindanao are under power-rationing, due to the power crisis that began last year. Davao City, for example, follows a schedule of up to five hours of rotational brownouts on a daily basis.
The power outages were seen by business leaders to have dire consequences on the economic life of the city in particular and the province in general.
Expected to be most seriously hit are IT companies and service establishments like restaurants and malls.
Last January, a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of the Aboitiz Power Corporation was inaugurated in Davao City. The new facility is expected to contribute to the resolution of the power crisis in the region.
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