By TINA PANGANIBAN-PEREZ | GMA News Online
The Commission on Elections assured the public on Thursday of uninterrupted power supply come Election Day.
In an interview, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body is currently coordinating with major power suppliers as well as electric cooperatives all over the country in addressing the issue of power supply.
“These are foreseeable so what we’re doing now is we’re putting together a group, a working group with the Comelec and the different power producers in the country. And one of the first steps, of course, is we will provide them with a calendar of the critical periods or critical points of the election process. So if ever they’re going to schedule power interruptions like maintenance breaks or things like that, they will know to avoid those critical moments,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez added that when the Comelec conducted mock elections in Pasay City in December last year, Meralco conducted its own parallel dry run.
“We are in coordination with these different power producers and so we’re able to scramble resources immediately if and when it becomes necessary. Hindi natin madi-discount yung possibility na may matutumbang linya or may magda-down na grid [We cannot discount the possibility of lines getting toppled or power grids being affected]. We are coordinating with them so that we can respond to that very quickly,” Jimenez added.
In previous elections, the Comelec had standby power generator sets in case of power interruptions.
“We’re very confident that as we move closer to the elections, we’ll have steady power supply,” Jimenez said. — RSJ, GMA News