ILOILO Govenor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday, June 29, met with the officials of the three electric cooperatives serving the province to seek their explanation on the occurrence of frequent brownouts in their respective coverage areas.
The general managers of the three electric cooperatives, namely, Rhea Palacios (Ileco I), Redmond Roquios (Ileco II), and Consorcia Peñaranda (Ileco III) along with some of their department heads attended the meeting called by the Govenor Arthur Defensor Sr. at the Capitol boardroom.
The common reasons cited for the occurrence of brownouts were: relocation of posts affected by road widening, momentary power interruption by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), inclement weather, and trees and other vegetation obstructing power lines.
It was learned that Ileco I, which covers 15 towns, recorded the most number of power interruptions in the past six months.
Palacios said the brownouts in Ileco I were mostly due to the transfer of poles due to road widening, adding that the changing of power lines in Pavia town, where several housing subdivisions have mushroomed.
Trees and other vegetations obstructing power lines also pose a big challenge to the cooperatives. They have sought the help of village officials as well as local chief executives regarding the matter.
All the three cooperatives assured that there is sufficient power supply coming from different sources and that the public will be informed beforehand.
The governor called on the officials of the electric cooperatives to improve their services in deference to their member consumers wherein they base their existence.
The Iloilo Provincial Council will also conduct an investigation on the issue since Board Member Domingo Oso Jr. said they receive more complaints against the three electric cooperatives.
Oso said they will again call the managers of the cooperatives as well as representatives from the NGCP, National Electrification Administration and other stakeholders to shed light and address the problem once and for all. (PR)