Businesses sans gensets adversely affected by brownout

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Friday, May 2, 2014


BUSINESSES without generator sets are expected to be affected by the rotational brownouts in Davao City, the business community said.

"It will have negative effects to businesses especially if the type of business is highly dependent on power such as manufacturing, processing, and information and communications technology (ICT)," said Department of Trade Industry 11 regional director Belenda Q. Ambi in a text message to Sun.Star Davao.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Antonio T. dela Cruz, in a text message to Sun.Star Davao, said for example, banks have a lot of transactions that they need to do in a day and the brownouts will affect them one way or another.

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"How much more with other sectors?" he said.

Ambi said the rotational brownouts will reduce production or productivity especially those in the manufacturing industry.

"It may result to several possible scenarios like delays in production, failure to meet orders or deliveries, low customer turnouts for services, and etc.," she said.

"Needless to say everyone is very saddened by this news (long rotational brownouts) and we will expect to see a drop in business sales especially for those who do not have generator sets," said DCCCII executive vice-president Arch. Daniel T. Lim.

Dela Cruz said for example, employers will still be paying their workers even though they are doing nothing during the brownouts.

The business community is saying the situation will continue for quite a while and is just temporary.

"For the meantime it will have effects to the business community but this is just temporary. We expect the power situation will normalize once the 300 MW Coal-fired Power Plant of Therma South Inc. begins operations," said Davao City Investments Promotion Center officer-in-charge Ivan C. Cortez in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao.

"Until the power supply improves, we will continue to experience long brownouts," dela Cruz said.

On Wednesday, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) said they have increased the duration of rotational brownouts from one hour to two hours during off peak hours, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., or four hours during peak hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Arturo M. Milan, DLPC executive vice president and chief operations officer, who was a guest in Wednesday's edition of Club 888 at Marco Polo Hotel, said thee long brownouts was due to the low power supply brought by the low water levels of Agus and Pulangi hydroelectric power plants and the offlining of the 210 MW Steag Coal-fired Power Plant.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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