ILOILO City Mayor Jose Espinosa III will create Crisis Management Team (CMT) in preparation for possible power disruption when Panay Electric Company (Peco) franchise expires on January 19, 2019.
Espinosa said on Monday, November 19, business sectors especially the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and the public are apprehensive, as they perceived that operations will be affected when the change of power distributor takes place.
The Senate committee on public utilities approved the new power player’s franchise, More Power, after the hearing on October 22 regarding the Peco’s negative services and performances.
The CMT is tasked to study the possible problems perceived that will affect the concerned individuals and business sectors. The team will be made up of private and business sectors, Philippine National Police, City Mayor’s Office, City Engineer’s Office, and Bureau of Fire.
Meanwhile, Espinosa invited the Senate Committee on Public Utilities head Senator Grace Poe for an open discussion about Peco and More, together with all of the concerned sectors and individuals.
At present, there is still no available schedule for Poe to attend to Espinosa’s request.
In one of Poe’s radio interviews, she assured that there will be no power interruption after the expiration of Peco’s franchise, and they can still operate even after the expiration.
To prevent the power disruption in the city, the Energy Regulatory Commission also proposed a transitional period of two years from Peco to More Power.
Espinosa clarified that he does not support any side as long as he will be assured that the power connection will be continuous and uninterrupted. (Carolyn Jane Abello)