On Monday morning, a significant power outage hit Pakistan, forcing government buildings, airlines, hospitals, and…
In light of ongoing power shortages, legislators want the EPIRA statute changed.
As Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri suggested amending the 20-year-old Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), a legislator filed a measure to investigate the energy crisis in Western Visayas.
Senator Grace Poe submitted Senate Resolution 579 on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the Panay Island power outages and the identification of steps that would guarantee a constant supply to customers.
Poe stated that it is time to implement a long-term solution to the electricity issues that have been seriously affecting inhabitants’ everyday life and the region’s economic operations.
Massive blackouts and frequent power outages shouldn’t be a way of life for the residents of Panay Island. To put a stop to the citizens’ excruciating suffering, concerned agencies need to take control of the situation, according to Poe’s explanation.
She emphasized the importance of identifying the underlying cause of grid disturbances reported by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), which claimed that the tripping of distribution utilities (DUs) was to blame.
The proposed investigation should also look into the claims made by the electric cooperatives in Panay and Negros that the NGCP is to blame for the issue.
“There is also a need to look into the long-term solutions to the power interruptions and outages within the backdrop of the ‘thin’ supply of power in the Visayas grid,” she continued.
Zubiri, on the other hand, declared he would back any changes made to the EPIRA law, claiming that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had signaled a willingness to do so in order to use renewable energy sources to reduce the price of electricity.
“We have received the administration’s suggested amendments to the EPIRA, and we are already studying these, and we are seeing how these amendments can be further refined to best respond to the problems that we are hearing about from the power sector and especially from consumers,” Zubiri said in a statement.
Additionally, he urged the DOE and the NGCP to address the power outages in Western Visayas.
The energy situation, according to Zubiri, must be resolved by the two agencies because it is already having a negative impact on the local economy and the quality of life for inhabitants.
Senator Raffy Tulfo urged the two organizations to quit pointing fingers at one another and focus on finding a solution to the power problems earlier this week.
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