In a press conference, Garcia disclosed that she has met with the members of the NPC and CELCO board to discuss frequent fluctuations of the power distribution in the island.
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Gwen asks utilities to work together
Lorraine L. Ecarma (The Freeman) - December 7, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Governor Gwen Garcia is expecting a closer coordination between the National Power Corporation (NPC) and the Camotes Electric Cooperative (CELCO) for a seamless power distribution in the Camotes Islands.

In a press conference, Garcia disclosed that she has met with the members of the NPC and CELCO board to discuss frequent fluctuations of the power distribution in the island.

As it turned out, there is no shortfall in terms of power supply in Camotes as the total capacity reaches 3,030 kilowatts with only 2,865 kilowatts on peak demands.

Garcia said that it was a matter of upgrading the power distribution lines of CELCO from single phase to three phases.

“There is a lot to be done especially in the part of CELCO, especially in the upgrading of their distribution lines,” she said.

Garcia reportedly directed CELCO to utilize available funds for the immediate upgrading of their facilities.

According to Sugbo TV, the official news outlet of the Cebu Provincial Public Information Office, CELCO has a monthly income of P6 million, wherein half of the amount is allocated for the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and employee salaries while the rest could be used for the upgrading.

In the same interview, Garcia also mentioned that she has sensed a lack of coordination between NPC and CELCO. She added that the two companies failed to hold regular coordination meetings.

“And so I said, from here on, let’s stop pointing fingers and let’s stop trying to prove that the other one is wrong. Because in the end, di man kamo ang mo-suffer. Ang moantos ang mga tawo man didto sa Camotes,” she reportedly told the representatives during their meeting.

CELCO is the power distributor in the Camotes Islands, while NPC is the power supplier.

“We should not regard each other as enemies, we should regard each other as partners. Magtinabangay mo,” she added.

The governor recently discovered the faulty power distribution in Camotes on her two-day visit last November 25.

During her stay in Camotes, she has experienced power interruptions which prompted her to have a dialogue with these utility companies.

She is set to meet again with both NPC and CELCO this month for updates.  GAN (FREEMAN)

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