Department of Energy assures that power supply will be sufficient and stable on May 9, 2016, Election Day.
The DOE noted that it is enforcing “security measures to ensure power supply adequacy and reliability during the local and national elections in May.”
According to DOE Director Antonio Labios, they created two (2) task forces to ensure enough electricity taking into consideration that vote machines will be utilized. Said task forces have the same composition during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit last year in Cebu.
The two (2) task forces, the Power Task Force Election and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities, are operational.
“The task force is already in place. We are prepared for the elections especially on the contingency measures,” said Labios.
Different national agencies and power corporations, such as the DOE, National Power Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, National Electrification Administration, local electric cooperatives, are carrying on various preparatory works, maintenance, and monitoring.
However, DOE Secretary Zenaida Monsada cautioned the public to take necessary actions in conserving energy as demand for power increase.
"In facing this critical phase concerning our power supply, we are counting on the collective effort of everybody to practice energy efficiency and/or by adjusting the usage period of any electric appliances away from the peak hours (10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.), such as, ironing of clothes, unnecessary use of computers, and even laundering of clothes using washing machine and drier, as any contribution really does matter," Energy Secretary Monsada said.
Heightened heat index may be blamed for excessive energy consumption. On Saturday, April 16, Metro Manila reaches its hottest temperature recorded this year at a burning 37.5 degrees. It is strongly expected to climb up to 42 to 44 degrees Celsius this May, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.