The power supply in Mindanao has actually improved with the establishment of more power plants, Malacañang declared yesterday in dispelling allegations of Vice President Jejomar Binay the government supposedly failed to fix the problem.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. insisted the government has not been remiss in addressing the power shortage in Mindanao, saying more power projects are even expected to come online starting next year to boost the reserves.
“Contrary to Vice President Binay’s allegations, the government has decisively addressed the power situation in Mindanao,” Coloma said in a statement.
“As of 2013, an additional capacity of 128 Megawatts (MW) was put in place in partnership with energy stakeholders:
the 15 MW EEI Diesel Peaking Power Plant, and 15 MW Mapalad Diesel Power Plant, and recommissioning of the 98 MW Iligan Diesel Power Plant,” he said.
Coloma said last January, the President inaugurated the 300-MW Davao baseload power plant, which is roughly equivalent to one-fifth of the Mindanao grid’s highest peak demand in 2015.