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Solon criticizes the NGCP and ERC for Mindoro’s power problems.

On Friday, Leody Tarriela, a representative for Occidental Mindoro, criticized the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for the Island of Mindoro’s protracted interconnection with the Luzon grid.

The legislator stated that although the NGCP had already promised to connect Mindoro Island to the Luzon grid in 2011 with a budget of PHP11 billion, the commitment had only been made up to this point.

He claimed that despite being only 90 kilometers from Batangas, Mindoro, the seventh-largest island in the nation made up of the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, has long experienced unreliable and expensive energy due to being off the grid.

“The national transmission network must be planned, built, operated, and expanded according to the terms of NGCP’s franchise. The main grid will be expanded to encompass off-grid locations like the islands of Mindoro and Palawan, according to Tarriela.

He claimed that despite only receiving PHP22 billion in revenue for the year, it was reported that NGCP stockholders distributed PHP24 billion among themselves as dividends.

After that, they failed to build the Mindoro link, he continued.

According to the now available records, NGCP didn’t apply for the ERC until June 2021 to request clearance for the Batangas-Mindoro connectivity project.

According to Tarriela, the cost to connect Mindoro to the Luzon grid increased from PHP11 billion in 2011 to approximately PHP16.7 billion.

He fears that the NGCP budget for the interconnection project will once again be declared profits. He expects the ERC to eventually approve the project proposal, which has languished with them for a year and a half.

The projected connecting of Mindoro to the Luzon grid, which would also assist Palawan, he continued, “will just remain a pipe dream if that happens,”

If this had been finished earlier, Tarriela said that the issue of perennial brownouts in her province would have been resolved a long time ago. “Kung nagawa na ito noon pa, matagal na sanang nasolusyonan ang halos perpetual na brownouts sa aming probinsya,” she added.

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