The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) called upon the Department of Energy to start preparing contingencies amid a projected thinning of power reserves for the coming month, especially during the week of the May 9 polls.
In a statement, MAP suggested that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) start tapping additional energy sources to ensure ample supply less than three weeks from now.
“The distribution utilities and electric cooperatives in major demand areas (greater Metro Manila) should prepare for or initiate their respective Interruptible Load Program (ILP) throughout their franchise areas,” the business group added.
MAP said the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) should also suspend temporarily the Secondary Price Cap (SPC) at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and review its status two months from now.
The business group said the next administration should prioritize the long-term development of the energy sector since it is a national security concern.