“Metro Manila is still under a water supply crisis, do we now also have a power crisis?” Rep. Winnie Castelo posed this question after successive days that parts of Metro Manila were subjected to a number of hours of power loss that started Wednesday, April 10.
Castelo heads the Metro Manila Development Committee in the House of Representatives.
“The Committee might call for a hearing if this continues, as an exercise of the oversight function of Congress. 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,” Castelo said.
“We need to discuss solutions to ease the burden on the public who will bear the brunt of this.”
According to news reports, the Luzon power grid struggles to keep up with the high demand of electricity during the summer months, causing supply issues. Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has implemented rotational brownouts as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines raised the red alert status for the Luzon grid.
Manny Pangilinan, the Chairman of Meralco, has stated that there is a need to build additional power plants as a solution to keep up with the demand.