4.10.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 10, 2013



Aselco to consumers: Help save electric power, assures no brown out during election

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 10 (PIA) -- The Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (Aselco) is appealing to all member-consumers in this province to help save electric power in order to lessen the impact of electric shortage and bigger power rate increase and assuring the general public of no electric power interruption during election period from May 1 to 21, 2013.

“As we all know and experience these days, we are suffering a total of four and a half hours of brown out every day, with 1.5 hours per feeder rotational brown out. But as member-consumers of our cooperative, we can contribute in minimizing the rotational brown out in our province by voluntarily plugging off our appliances during peak hours from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. These appliances include our refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units including unnecessary lighting. This is what we call consumer voluntary load curtailment,” Engr. Emmanuel Galarse, Aselco Gen. Manager said.

According to Engr. Galarse, the highest electric power deficiency that the province is experiencing for 2013 is this month of April with negative 13,265 kilowatt hour (KW) compared to the last three months from January with negative 9,020 KW, February with 10,442 KW and March with 11,646 KW. On May, with the second month of Aselco’s entering into contract with MAPALAD who will supply 3,000 KW of electric power to Aselco, the deficiency will again reduce to 11,712 KW.

“On June and July, we will increase our contract with MAPALAD from 3,000 KW to 5,000 KW. Because of this, we will also decrease our electric power deficiency to an average of 10,300 KW. Starting August until December of this year, we will again increase our contract to 10,000 KW. This means, we will also reduce our power deficiency to an average of 3,500 KW per month. For information, Agusan del Sur KW demand on January and February was 22,921 KW and 22,420 KW respectively. Last March, our KW demand increased to 23,957 KW and starting this month of April until December, per our computation, our power demand will increase to 25,770 KW,” Engr. Galarse said.

Engr. Galarse also said, the Philippine government have offered assistance to all Mindanao Electric Cooperatives and at present are being discussed by the Board of Directors for implementation. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR Surigao del Sur launches CPWASH project

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 10 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently launched the Community-Based Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) Project at Kinabigtasan, Tago ARC Surigao del Sur. The CPWASH is the first venture of Barangay Kinabigtasan and Kinabigtasan Multipurpose Cooperative.

Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay urged members to support the project.

Tago Vice Mayor Alex Bautista thanked the DAR for the project as it answers a long-time need of the people to have a potable source of water. (NGBT/DAR-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)