Gatchalian seeks to probe power supply issues in OkSi
Senator Win Gatchalian will file a resolutionseeking a Senate investigation to address the problem of power interruptions plaguing the province of Occidental Mindoro for several years now.
The reelected lawmaker is set to file a resolution to have the Senate direct the appropriate committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the matter, highlighting the need for a supply reliability and power quality and to protect consumers from losses attributed to power outages.
The senator noted that he even had his personal experience of power interruption when he visited the province during the last campaign period.
“Kung walang kuryente, walang negosyo, walang kita ang mga tao. At kung magpapatuloy pa ito sa mga susunod na buwan, maaaring maapektuhan pati ang pagpasok sa paaralan ng mga mag-aaral. Hahayaan na lang ba natin na ganito na lang palagi ang sitwasyon sa Occidental Mindoro?” Gatchalian asked.
“The locals are complaining to me. It’s time we get to the bottom of the recurring power problem in the province,” he said.
Reports said that Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corp. (OMCPC) stopped supplying electricity to Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) last June 25 because its power supply agreement to the electric cooperative has already expired.
Power supply resumed last Monday. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has provisionally approved a power supply agreement (PSA) between OMECO and OMCPC to augment the power supply issue and end the lingering rotational outages.
OMECO is the electric cooperative servicing the franchise area of Occidental Mindoro with a total of 240,887 household connections.