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DOE: Gov’t to hasten Mindoro Island’s connection to main Luzon grid

The government will expedite Mindoro Island’s connection to the main Luzon power grid as a long-term solution to power outages, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
“The entire island should be interconnected to the grid already, so we plan to hasten it,” DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said during the Saturday News Forum in Quezon City.

“It should be hastened, and I think the plan is 2026… you look at the map, napakalaki ng potential niya (It has a lot of potential) to help the economy, so we just need to make sure that we are providing quality electricity services at the right prices. Interconnection is one of the strategies,” he added.
Occidental Mindoro is currently under a state of calamity due to the power outages of the last month and a half.
The government earlier committed to resolving the daily 20-hour power outage in Occidental Mindoro in two months.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) sealed a deal for a two-month additional power supply for the province that will be subsidized by the government.
The NEA has also requested DMCI Power Corporation (DPC) to immediately supply power to the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) after the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Certificate of Exemption from the conduct of the Competitive Selection Process (COE-CSP) for the negotiated procurement of a 17-megawatt Emergency Power Supply Agreement (EPSA).
Fuentebella said the government is also looking at how both Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro can conduct joint competitive selection processes to secure power supplies.  — VBL, GMA Integrated News