THE Department of Energy (DOE) and its attached agencies as well as all electric cooperatives in the local government units have been directed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the May 10 elections.

Pursuant to Comelec Resolution 8716 promulgated last December, these agencies are deputized by the Comelec to provide an uninterrupted power supply on the day before and on election day, until the termination or conclusion of the canvassing of the election returns and proclamation of the elected officials.

Lawyer Renato A. Magbutay, regional elections director of Comelec Northern Mindanao, said as of the fourth quarter last year, Comelec has started surveying the power supply in all provinces nationwide to ensure that it will not be interrupted during the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, data from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) showed that a total of 1,870 out of the region’s 1,937 potential barangays have been energized as of the second quarter of 2009 by nine electric utilities that had served the power needs of the region. These power utilities include First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco) and Second Bukidnon Electric Service Coop. (Buseco) in Bukidnon, Camiguin Electric Coop. (Camelco) in Camiguin, Lanao del Norte Electric Coop. (Laneco) in Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental Electric Coop. (Moelci) I and Moelci II in Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Services Coop. (Moresco) I and Moresco II in Misamis Oriental and the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) in Cagayan de Oro City.