THERE have been efforts aimed at making productive the countryside, where majority of the poor -- farmers, fishermen and laborers -- work and live.
But the tight power supply situation and even rotating brownouts all over the country torpedo government efforts to speed up the development of the impoverished countryside.
Of course, this is not surprising because many of our existing power plants are aging and not at par with those in neighboring countries.
No less than Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers has called on concerned government authorities to come up with a comprehensive modernization program for all power plants.
Barbers urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct an immediate audit of the country’s power generation plants.
He noted that our power plants use older, less efficient technologies, thus, resulting to higher return cost.
This is the reason why we have the highest power rate in the whole of Asia, discouraging many foreign businessmen from investing in this Third World and graft-prone nation.
We share the view of Barbers, a Mindanaoan like President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, that modernization is the only way to address these reliability and cost issues.
Admittedly, the high cost of electricity has helped spawn massive poverty in many parts of the Philippines.
There’s now that urgent need to modernize our power plants to ensure energy efficiency and sufficient power supply all the time.