Pag-asa Island’s 300-kilowatt (kW) power plant formally began operations as the country celebrated its 123rd Independence Day, on July 12.
According to National Power Corporation (Napocor), chief executive officer (CEO) Pio Benavidez, the state-run agency’s P33 million power project was completed just in time for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to raise the Philippine Flag in honor of Independence Day.
Diesel generation sets, fuel storage tanks, and a 13.8-kilovolt (kV) distribution line were all brought to the Island, a part of the Kalayaan Island Group found at the West Philippine Sea, to ensure ample energy generation and supply to the 68 facilities on the distribution line.
Among these include housing, government buildings, and military stations.
The island is considered a fifth-class municipality under the jurisdiction of Palawan’s provincial government and allowed noncombatant, private citizens to take up residence in 2002.
Infrastructure such as an airport runway, naval port, schools, government offices, and a municipal health center, will benefit from the continuous electricity supply as well.
Napocor’s opening of the power plant is in line with their duty stipulated in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 wherein the state-run energy provider must service remote areas in Mindanao, Mindoro, and Palawan.
Meanwhile, a town in Albay, Bicol, remains under a total blackout due to a collective P32 million worth of unpaid bills accumulated by residents.