I did an article about Davao Light and our brownout situation before. I believe back then, we had 2-3 hour brownouts everyday. Back then, it was a massive pain, but now, it’s worse.
We’ve been having 4 hour brownouts for a while now, which is really bad. That’s 1/6th of our day spent without electricity. Add onto that the fact that it’s summer and really hot outside, even during the night… well, let’s just say it’s not a good situation. A few days ago, my friend posted in our Facebook group. He shared a post by Davao Light, the post said that brownouts will be increased to 5 hours per day. They even listed a few reasons. That’s really typical of Davao Light, it seems, just give reasons and not even try to fix the problem.
One reason they listed was that Maria Cristina Falls isn’t producing enough power. This was already a problem months ago, they should have expected it to get worse when summer comes around. They had months to figure out some way to get more power to compensate for Maria Cristina Falls. Another reason is because one of the plants they have a contract with isn’t producing enough. The time when they know they need more power because of the deficiency from MCF, and one of their suppliers doesn’t provide enough.
Like I said above, they had months to prepare for this. Invest in alternate forms of energy, look for more suppliers, whatever they have to do, they should have done. Instead, they do what they always do. Give us excuses, line their pockets and increase brownouts. I’m really not surprised to hear about 5 hour brownouts.
Seriously, it’s 2016 and we still don’t have stable power here. It’s always changing, from 2 hour brownouts to 3, then to 4 and now to 5. In a couple months, are just gonna have 24 hour brownouts? The way Davao Light is, I wouldn’t be surprised. Actually, no, if they have 24 hour brownouts, they won’t get any money, so they’ll probably have 23 hour brownouts and raise the price of electricity so we pay the same each month.
The only competent people in the whole company seems to be the people managing their Facebook. Updates seem to be frequent and they pin the most relevant post so people immediately see it. Speaking of their Facebook, the comments of each post is still riddled with complaints, and I can’t blame them for complaining. One person even asked if they were hiring because his work is online but because of the brownouts, he can’t have a good schedule with his clients. Another makes a good point, there is no power deficiency in Mindanao, Davao Light is just too greedy and lazy to look into alternate forms of power.
I think it’s too late now for them to do anything, we’re just gonna have to wait for summer to end for the brownouts to decrease. I hope things change for the better soon, but knowing Davao Light, nothing will probably change.