A Proposed Catanduanes Power Sector Development Plan

Strategic planning is an organization's way of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there.

Section 2 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001” or EPIRA, declared, among others, the policy of the State to ensure quality, reliability, security and affordability of the supply of electric power;

Thus, one of the major mandate of FICELCO under DOE Circular No. 2003-12-11 , as an electric cooperative or a distribution utility is to supply adequate, affordable, quality and reliable electricity, which states among other that an abstract of the terms and conditions of power supply contracts with private power producers to augment the power supply in their franchise areas is assured that power interruptions are minimized;

However, in the implementation of these Policies and Guidelines, the Local Government have no hands in the identification, selection of Power producers assigned or contracted to augment the power supply, and the direction to which the Power Industry is heading for or its vision in the long-term. The Development of the power sector is solely left to the Distribution Utilities who in turn assigns or identify Power producers (NPPs) that contributes to the inefficiency of providing quality, reliable, and affordable electricity in the province and for varied reasons.

To ensure that the interest of the people of Catanduanes is protected, taking into consideration that electric power is a key factor for sustainable growth and economic development of an area. A proposed Power Sector Development Plan is imperative, that will allow the Local Goverment and its people chart the direction of Power Development in the Province that could give rise to the Electric Cooperative a comprehensive understanding and view of the people’s expectations as provided for in the EPIRA law and the provisions of the NPC-SPUG of which the Catanduanes is a First Wave member. The Office of the Governor through the Committee on Energy in coordination with PPDO and MPDOs shall spearhead the Development Planning stages and related processes to come up with a Provincial Power Development Plan with a planning horizon of 5 to 10 years, a medium-term planning horizon.

Catanduanes Tribune