Posted by: Chuck | April 29, 2013

PNoy’s Speech at the Meeting with Local Leaders and the Community in GENSAN,

Published on Apr 27, 2013

Government working hard to fill Mindanao‘s energy needs, says Aquino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  The government continues to work to solve the energy problems confronting Mindanao and it is hopeful that before the end of the year it could deploy diesel generators that will ease power shortage in the region, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Saturday.
In his message during his meeting with the local leaders and the community here, the President said the law prohibits the National Power Corp. to purchase power generating sets.

The administration doesn’t want to violate the law so it is working on a process to fix Mindanao’s energy needs by acquiring generators through legal means, he said.

“Inaayos po ang proseso para hindi na tayo maghintay ng kabuuan sa 2015. Bago pa siguro matapos ang 2013 may makukuha na tayong pandagdag na diesel generators dito sa Mindanao. Naninigurado lang tayo na sumunod sa lahat ng batas at proseso,” he told the people of General Santos City.

Building base load plants for the long-term use in Mindanao isn’t easy and takes some time, between three to five years, the President said. Based on experts’ estimates, the investment for every megawatt generated is around $2 million, the chief executive said.

In building a plant, an application has to undergo many processes such as approval for an environmental compliance certificate and proponents must hold public consultations and must also comply with many other requirements, he said.

But the good thing is there are already ongoing projects and investments that will solve the energy problems of Mindanao, he noted, adding that the Aboitiz group is already building a 200-plus megawatt plant that will be operational by 2015.



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