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Iloilo City council to investigate brownouts after new firm took over

Iloilo City

The Iloilo City council will investigate repeated and prolonged brownouts a few months after a company owned by business tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. took over the city’s electric distribution system.

Several councilors lamented during the council’s regular session on June 23 that there should be stable power supply under the More Power Electric Corp. (More Power) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced residents to stay in their homes.

They also pointed out the impact of the brownouts on the economy, which is already reeling with months of community quarantine measures.

Many residents have also ranted over social media on the brownouts, including an 11-hour power interruption last weekend.

Irate consumers complained about not getting sleep due to the lack of electricity.

Several residents said the brownouts were worse than those they experienced under the Panay Electric Power Company (Peco).

Aside from the unscheduled power interruptions, More Power has been implementing 13-hour brownouts in areas in the city which they said are part of the rehabilitation and upgrading of facilities and distribution lines.

In an earlier interview, More Power President Roel Castro said they were
investigating the incident but described it as “unusual” because several “faults” or abnormalities in the electric current occurred successively in the same feeder.

“We don’t normally experience that many faults at the same time in the same feeder,” Castro said.

But while he said they suspected that some of the distribution lines or transformers could have been tampered with, there was still no proof that their system was sabotaged.

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