Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. met with the officials of the three electric cooperatives serving the province – Ileco I, Ileco II, and Ileco III – to seek their explanation on the public outcry regarding the occurrence of frequent brownouts in their respective coverage areas on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Capitol boardroom.
The general managers of the three electric cooperatives, namely, Rhea Palacios (Ileco I), Redmond Roquios (Ileco II) and Consorcia Peñaranda (Ileco III) along with some of their department heads attended the meeting called by the governor.
The common reasons cited for the occurrence of brownouts were: relocation of posts affected by road widening, momentary power interruption by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), inclement weather, and trees and other vegetation obstructing power lines. It was learned that Ileco I which covers 15 towns has recorded the most number of power interruptions in the past six months.
Palacios said the brownouts in Ileco I were mostly due to the transfer of poles due to road widening. She also cited the changing of power lines especially in Pavia town where several housing subdivisions have mushroomed. Trees and other vegetations obstructing power lines also pose a big challenge to the electric cooperatives. They have sought the help of barangay officials as well as local chief executives regarding the matter.
All the three electric cooperatives, however, assured that there is sufficient power supply coming from different sources. They assured Gov. Defensor to minimize the occurrence of brownouts and ensure that the public will be informed beforehand. The governor called on the officials of the electric cooperatives to improve their services in deference to their member consumers wherein they base their existence.
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo will also conduct a full-blown investigation on the issue of frequent power interruptions. Board Member Domingo Oso, Jr, chair of the committee on transportation and public utilities, has called for a committee investigation on the matter since they are still receiving more complaints against the three electric cooperatives. Oso said they will again call the managers of the three cooperatives as well as representatives from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, National Electrification Administration and other stakeholders to shed light and address the problem once and for all.