Aboitiz family calls for more resilient power systems

Aboitiz family calls for more resilient power systems

Aboitiz Power Corp. called for more resilient power systems following the devastation wrought by typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao in December last year.

Aboitiz Power Distribution Business Group COO Anton Mari G. Perdices said collaboration is the way to go when a natural disaster like Typhoon Odette strikes with severity that no single corporation can handle.

“We have a long way to go before we can have truly resilient power systems, especially against the backdrop of more severe weather incidents like this recent typhoon, but we will get there,” he said.

Perdices said there has to be a balance between the responsibilities of the government, private sector, and even consumers to make this system work.

He cited the advantage of moving utility lines underground just as they have already done for some parts of the cities of Cebu and Davao.

Perdices said he is willing to work with government and industry partners to come up with mechanisms to make these projects commercially viable.

Aboitiz Power subsidiary Visayan Electric Co., Cebu’s major electric distribution utility, saw practically its entire franchise area affected when typhoon Odette made landfall in the southern part of the province last December.


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