By Rosette Adel | philstar
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the country needs a president that would ensure long term energy and power supply.
“The next president must aggressively pursue a long-term strategy for adequate and reliable power supply in the country,” Marcos said.
Marcos said that the next administration should act on building power generation capacity to provide power reserved and address the expected annual increase in power demand.
“Unless this is done, we will likely be in for a shock - frequent and longer brownouts for the entire country,” Marcos said.
The senator expressed his sentiments after a blackout hit Luzon last Monday due to 10 power plants that had technical difficulties, shedding off over 1,275 megawatts from the Luzon grid. It caused red alert for an hour due to zero contingency reserves.
Marcos however shared that most of the new power plants being established by the government are expected go online at the end of 2016 which will likely transfer the burden to the next administration.
He said that even if there are around 23 coal-fired power plants that are projected to operate by 2020, those may still not be enough.
“There is no other option but to build more power plants,” Marcos said.
Economic growth is also being affected by the fluctuating power supply, he said.
"With more power-generating plants, we would have dependable and adequate supply of electricity - possibly even enjoy lower power bills---then, we can address the principal reason why foreign businessmen think twice about investing in the Philippines," Marcos said.