Gov. Petilla looks at
other options for adequate power supply in Leyte, EV
Media Relations Center
September 6, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho L. Petilla is looking at other possible
options for the region to face further encumbrance in power supply
should the issue on privatization of power generating plants continue.
One of this option,
the governor said, is for the region to build its own power-generating
This option, he said,
has already been suggested to other governors in the Eastern Visayas
region. An idea, he added, which the governors remains open to.
He added that the
governors in the region would have to wait for the power supply
situation on the entire Visayas to normalize before going ahead with
the building of its own power-generating plant at the government-owned
Leyte geothermal fields.
“It is an option
should we continue to experience problems. But knowing that it would
really, really be costly, that is an option we have to reserve as a
last one,” Gov. Petilla said.
He otherwise said this
plan will depend on the commercial operations in the Visayas of the
Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) this coming Sept. 26.
The Visayas’ power
situation remains volatile but it is expected to improve in a few
months, according to Gov. Petilla.
Through WESM, which
will be operated by Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), power
can be bought through bidding.
utilities are mandated by law to source at least 10% of their power
requirements from WESM, where big power suppliers and users forge