Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The Department of Energy that issued a circular adopting energy resiliency in the planning and programming of the energy sector to mitigate potential impacts of disasters is finding the need for an energy resiliency policy critical in securing the country's power supply. This need was amplified in Albay province in the aftermath of Mayon Volcano's eruption.
A Resiliency Compliance Plan (RCP) must be implemented to contain minimum adaptation measures, including both structural and non-structural measure options, to gauge infrastructure and human resource preparedness during and in the aftermath of disruptive events. The DOE is requiring all industry players to submit their respective RCP's within six months, which shall be reviewed every three years.
With geothermal plants in Albay, the DOE met with stakeholders from the generation sector to ensure such resiliency plans have been prepared and are implemented. The transmission sector, represented by the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, gave assurances that its facilities are operating normally while looking into the protection of its transmission facilities that connect Luzon and the Visayas. As for the distribution sector, the National Electrification Administration and electric cooperatives and concessionaires also assured the DOE that except for a few barangays in the danger zone, distribution services are under normal conditions.
The Philippines is among the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters and our experiences with super typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have demonstrated their potential to wreak havoc on the generation, transmission and distribution sectors of the power industry. This makes an energy resiliency policy and Resilience Compliance Plans critical to ensure that affected communities continue to have power when disasters threaten to disrupt the supply of energy. Albay has so far passed their energy resiliency test in case of volcanic eruption but other provinces should also be prepared because it is a test where failure would be very costly for communities that would already be struggling to cope with the effects of natural disasters.*