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The government is taking steps to ensure there will be no power outages a week before and after the May 9 automated elections, Malacañang assured on Friday.
“The government is determined to ensure adequate and uninterrupted electric power supply especially during the election period,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
Coloma said Energy Secretary Zenaida Monzada has traveled to Cebu to meet with power suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure ample supply during election day. The DoE team has also conducted similar inspections and coordination meetings in Luzon and Mindanao, he added.
Coloma said the main goal of the energy department is to ensure “zero disruption” of power supply one week before and one week after May 9 polls.
He explained that tight supply in electricity is due to the combination of the rising heat index and the maintenance of power plants. “The DOE will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure attainment of supply adequacy and reliability objectives,” he said.
Re-electionist Senator Ralph Recto earlier called on the government to act immediately to stop power interruptions especially in Mindanao during the May elections.