Samal needs power for growth

Subscribe Now February 17, 2011 at 09:11pm

Electricity remains a big hurdle in maximizing the tourism potentials of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS). IGaCoS Vice Mayor Al David Uy bared the local government’s difficulties in luring more investors in the city as most of the private businesses that opened in the island became hesitant to expand their investment due to the power problems.

The island’s power is being distributed by the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative which according to Uy is having difficulties in keeping up to the power demand of the entire island and even to two other provinces which have the same franchise to the mentioned electric company.

The local official cited BlueJazz, a known beach resort located at Babak district, as one of the many private establishments that complained about the poor power supply it is getting.

“The said beach resort has long planned to expand and put up another facility but they can’t push through with that plan because DANECO couldn’t provide the power requirements needed for the expansion.”, he said.

Talikud Island, also a part of IGaCoS, is being supplied with power from 1 pm until 11 in the evening everyday.

Uy admitted that this state of power in the island positioned the city as hostage by the said power utility distributor.

“It is only very recent that DANECO has become open in accepting some of our suggestions and recommendations.” Uy said.

One of the solutions thought by the local government is for DANECO to have a joint partnership with the more stable power distributor Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the company that supplies power to Davao City and Panabo City.

A total buy-out by the DLPC on the franchise held by DANECO is also seen as a potential solution to the power problem in the island.


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