by Alena Mae S. Flores – February 05, 2016 at 11:15 pm
from Manila Standard
The Energy Department is spearheading the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Security of Energy Facilities that will address the growing concern on the transmission tower bombings and right-of-way issues in Mindanao.
The transmission tower bombings and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ inability to immediately restore the damaged facilities due to right-of-way issues had posed an economic impediment in Mindanao despite the additional 770 megawatts of power capacity coming in this year in the region.
Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada, in a meeting of the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee held in Davao City, said transmission and distribution facilities were critical infrastructures in delivering electricity to the end-users (individuals, households, industries and businesses), in which bombings and ROW issues delay and hinder progress for the people of Mindanao.
“We have to work all together, both the Mindanaoans and industry participants, as there can be no development without power or stable power fuels development,” she said.