Palace: Stop blame game in Mindanao power shortage

Posted at 03/02/14 2:13 PM

MANILA - Malacanang asked the Department of Energy (DOE) and stakeholders to stop the blame game and focus on resolving the power shortage problem in Mindanao.

“This is not the time for blaming. We have to look for solutions to solve the problem,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in an interview with radio dzRB.

The cause of the island-wide blackout is still unknown until now.

National Power Corp. Mindanao generation vice president Rudy Brioso was quoted denying Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla’s assertion that the incident can be traced to two units of the Agus 1 Hydroelectric power plant in Marawi City.

The DOE said it will investigate the cause of the blackout once the problem is resolved. Power has gone back on, but it warned of rotational outages.

Malacanang admitted the power shortage will persist since new plants will only go online by 2016.

Coloma said the base load plants servicing the island supply only 32% of the entire demand.

For his part, President Benigno Aquino III has said, “What happened in Mindanao was there was a condition called tripping. Correct me if I’m wrong, in effect, it seemed there’s a short circuit in the grid, then all the power plants will go offline to protect themselves.”