CLARK FREEPORT - The Department of Energy (DoE) and its partner agencies have ensured reliable,stable, and secure power supply during the critical summer period and May local and national elections.

The DoE has two operational task forces - the Power Task Election and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities - in which various national agencies and power stakeholders are conducting preparatory works, maintenance, and monitoring among other tasks just to provide power supply come election period.

This follows as the goverment recognizes that the provision of electricity is crucial in striving for clean and unquestionable elections, especially that it is automated.

Upon the deputization of the Commisision on Elections on the DoE, National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the local electric cooperatives, the Power Task Force Election was created for the delivery of adequate, stable and reliable power supply before, during and after the national and local elections on May 9, 2016 by ensuring availability and operation of power plants and electricity market, carrying out strategic preventive maintenance of all power facilities, and providing enough technical manpower for emergency response and security of vital power infrastructures, among others.

Likewise, President Benigno Aquino III has earlier created in February the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF) to address the bombing incidents involving the transmission facilities that apparently escalated late last year, and the right-of-way issues faced by NGCP.

Since then, the IATFSEF has restored the compromised Tower No. 25 March 14 paving the way for Agus Units 1 and 2 to inject clean and cheap power supply to the Mindanao grid. Negotiations for clearing operations are also continuously being undertaken by the IATFSEF with the landowners/claimants to prune/cut/trim the trees, remove structures and prevent any obstructions frome being built beneath the transmission highway.

Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada emphasized that the reliability of transmission lines is a concern of everyone, citing that even if power plants are generating sufficient electricity, but if it can't be transmitted due to tripping and toppling of transmission lines and towers, then will be power shortages in the affected areas. She then calls on, again the cooperation of landowners/claimants, local goverment units and individual households for cooperation and vigilance for the integrity of the transmission facilities nationwide.

Futhermore, the DoE encourages all energy consumers to pratice efficient and judicious use of electricity in thier day-to-day activities.

Charlene Cayabyab (April 5, 2016 at 12:03 am).DoE ensures power supply for May polls.Headline Gitnang Luzon.Retrieved from



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