Last night, we experienced our share of the rotational brownouts being implemented by Davao Light. It lasted for only 30 minutes, but an update on Davao Light’s website indicates that the rotating power outages will now be increased from 30 minutes to 1 hour. This due to the “much reduced generation capacity of the hydro electric plants in Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur and Pulangi River in Bukidnon as advised by the National Grid Corporation of the Phils.”
While it may offer a bit of convenience for our part if we know when the power interruptions would happen, Davao Light Corporate Communications Officer Ross Luga explained that “the exact time when the outage will begin cannot be determined because it will depend on the level of curtailment imposed by NGCP at any given time of the day and the variability of the load of Davao Light relative to time of the day.”
So, I guess this means we just have to be always ready with our candles and flashlights. Take extra care when using candles. Keep them away from items that can easily catch fire. Also, unplug electrical appliances when not in use. It is also best to bring a flashlight when going out at night, just in case you get caught in a power outage while still in the streets.