City officials are in dire effort to meet the burgeoning demands for electricity and water in the City. The super typhoon Yolanda had left in its wake massive destruction in several provinces especially in the Visayas region. This has left the entire province in the dark and in great need of electricity and water. With the entire province in need, the City officials are exerting extra effort to ensure its residents could at least have a steady supply of water and have electricity on certain hours of the day
Free water supply is being offered in the City Hall grounds near the City Waterworks. Business establishments have also extended help by providing water to different barangays which could not be reached by the local water supplier.
Despite all this, demand for potable water is still high and the clamor for electricity is incessant. A recent post from Bohol Light Company Inc. has raised hopes of the many regarding the rationing of electric supply in the City. However, contrary to what has been posted, the rationing did not materialize. Spokesperson from BLCI had explained that said rationing will only be possible if the four generators are functioning. As of press time, only 1 generator set is currently working and generating a meager 2 megawatts power. This meager supply of electricity is being supplied to areas where the pumping stations are located. There are fifteen pumping stations in Tagbilaran City alone and the lone generator set cannot supply power to all of these pumping stations at the same time for fear it might be overworked and lead to its collapse. BLCI contacted mechanic from their sister plant in Naga to help expedite the ongoing repairs of their three other generator sets so that sufficient electricity can be supplied to all pumping stations and at the same time the proposed rationing of electric supply can already materialize.
In response to the demand, 2 generator sets are expected to arrive this month and this will be utilized for the Corella pumping station. There are six more generator sets bought so that all pumping stations can be supplied with electricity.
The Provincial Government’s initial plan to buy a power barge in Iloilo was thwarted because experts say transporting a power barge from one island to another entails huge expenses. Expenses the province could ill-afford because its topmost priority is to help rehabilitate the towns hugely damaged by the quake.
Another alternative is for province to buy power from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Power from NGCP is P12 per kilowatt hour while the power from Leyte is only P4 per kilowatt hour. Officials are suggesting that the National Government shoulder the P8 difference and charged to the calamity fund of the national budget. However, negotiations are still ongoing.
As of this time, everyone is encouraged to be more patient and not lose hope and trust that the city government is doing its best to meet their needs.