The Philippine Star reports: “Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the unexpected blackouts that hit many parts of Luzon last week despite assurance from the Department of Energy (DOE) of ample electricity supply throughout the dry season: ‘Definitely, heads must roll this time. We owe it to the power consumers to give them accurate information on the power situation in the country. It seems the DOE has overestimated the available electricity capacity,’ Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said. He is also urging the executive department to hold accountable officials who failed to act swiftly to address the problem. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on energy, made the call in the wake of yellow and red alert warnings issued by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the Luzon grid in the past week.
At the House of Representatives, the committee on Metro Manila development is also launching an inquiry into last week’s power outages: ‘We would like to find out if there is a power crisis. And if there is one, we need to know what we can do about it. We need to discuss solutions to ease the burden on the public who will bear the brunt of this,’ Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, who heads the committee, said yesterday.”