The Philippines has real trouble in providing electricity to the ever growing population. The cities may come off best, but it is the provinces that may really suffer the most. Brown outs (power cuts) are regular interruptions that apart from being tremendously annoying are also dangerous. Unlike most other countries the electricity supply here is thwart with problems on maintenance, poor management and corruption. Yes that word corruption comes in again.
I live on the Island of Mindoro, which has around 250,000 residents and at peak times thousands of visitors to the dive schools and resorts. It is these tourists that allow the Island to grow with taxes and provide employment to the locals. However, Mindoro now is straining to keep the electricity flowing. It is not unusual to have power interruptions all day on and off. Sometimes for a few minutes, but also hours. The longest I have recorded is 15 hours for me, and across the road the business owner told me he was off for two days.
We all understand that emergencies like typhoons and floods may interrupt power,but this is no reason for the day to day stoppages that are often entitled as “essential maintenance”. The power companies do not communicate the real reasons to their customers, who to be honest, are now use to it. The problem is that in a world that needs to attract foreign visitors these brown outs scare them off.
It is easy to say that everyone would have a generator, but smaller business cant afford that and why should they when they have a connection to the grid? Moreover, try sleeping with the sound of numerous generators pumping out noise all day and night. There is also safety concerns for visitors walking streets with no lighting.
Imagine if you were in hospital in Brisbane and you needed an operation and as you go into the surgery the lights go out and the surgeon will continue with candles and torches. That happens here all the time. This of course would not worry richer families who go to bigger hospitals and have uninterrupted power from the grid.
The electric company in Mindoro is ORMECO and there is no power station on the Island, it produces no electricity and therefore only supplies from the grid. Not that hard really?
One of the big executives and owners of the company was arrested for drugs and fire arms. His prosecution is delayed as evidence has gone missing.