Rotating Brownout

Philippines
April 14, 2010 12:36am CST
In Davao, we have a rotating brownout of 2hours per day. While I was in school, it was very disturbing especially that our classes entailed the use of computer laboratories for exercises and exams. Now at home, it kind of pisses me off because it's Summer, no much to do and it's very hot! I hope the issue on power shortage would be addressed immediately. This can't go on forever. Businesses and the like will be really greatly affected.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
hello lloyd, it is due to the low level of water which the hydro electric plants are sourcing the prouction of electricity. davao have purchased some electric gensets on barges that helps out though. i hope this becomes a lesson and the authorities are able to do a better service next year when el niño strikes again. but i am hoping (re el niño) that it will not come again. have a nice day. ann
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• Philippines
15 Apr 10
I guess (for sure) that everyone of us here in Mindanao are really dreading the rotating brownouts we experience everyday. Here in the western part, everyday we experience brownouts that last for 5-6 hours. And what pisses me off (as well as my family) is when it happens at night. Gosh, we can't sleep because it's really hot and the mosquitoes are annoying. Now it has gone from worse to worst. I don't know if the sole reason of this crisis is the El Niño only. I'm considering other reasons as well. Maybe it also has something to do with politics. I remember years back when we experienced El Niño, power shortage was not an issue. Well, maybe because it has something to do with climate change now but still there's something to be skeptic about. I hate the thought of it - some people manipulating our resources just to please themselves. Well, only God knows who they are and for sure He knows what to do with them in time. In the meantime, let's just all pray that rains will come in our country as soon as possible. God will do the rest.
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@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
That's true I have a fellow teacher there and she is even contemplating of transferring in Iloilo even for the summer duration because her job is being affected with these blackouts. We also suffer the same but not as much. Thank goodness we have other option to hold our classes other than the internet or else she'll gonna lose her job. The government should really take a look into that carefully and find other ways. Other countries never experience this kind of thing. My students even wonder why in the Philippines we have blackouts almost everyday. It seems like a big question mark on them. I wouldn't even be surprised if one day they would ask me what kind of country do we have.
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• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I had this experience in our place... Rotating brownout I think would have our electric bill done in the highest amount. I hate brownout actually.
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@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
14 Apr 10
in the summer you can go at the beaches and chill out with girls and friends
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Apr 10
Too bad that you and the city have to undergo rotating brown outs. Like you said, it can't all be too good on businesses. I've suffered through one of those episodes too back when I was in university. Thank goodness for rechargeable lights, candles, and hand-held electronic games. It was also a good time to socialize with people then. Because everybody was up and about nothing to do. I made a few 'friends' that way.
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• Philippines
14 Apr 10
here in Metro Manila, we have been experiencing rotating brownouts as well and you're right it's frustrating especially with this heat. not to mention that despite the brownouts, our electric bill has skyrocketed this month! geez.
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14 Apr 10
I agree, Brown outs are very frustrating. I have been in Manila since October and here in Manila at the moment it is reaching 37c most of the time. But there is not much we can do until we get some rain in the reservoirs to feed the power stations
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I totally agree lloyd! This unresolved power shortage greatly affects our economy! blackouts also pisses me off, thanks God I'm not from Davao and some other places who has that serious problem, I cannot tolerate black-outs! it gets into my nerves especially now that I'm working online --things get very complicated when you missed out deadlines!!! you know what I mean!!! It's just so mind blowing!!! I find it very irritating, not to mention that its summer!!!! the weather is freakin' HOT!!! gosh.... sorry,i just can't help it! hehe ^_^* anyways, I do hope this will be resolved very very soon.... Godbless your studies Lloyd!
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• Philippines
14 Apr 10
You say so....My business is computer shop. We have rotational brown out too. The computers are not properly shut down during brown outs. My business is really affected. No electricity...no income.
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@oxio10 (135)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
Even here in Cebu rotating brownouts have been occurring. But it will only take 1 hour then the power resumes. I guess its like a dry-run for the upcoming election.
@patzel88 (3311)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I am from Iligan City and the rotating brownout here takes 3 hours but i guess it is not the el nino problem, it is the up coming election that they have to be ready to have a reason for the failure of election. Mostly every election mindanao always save the candidate official to win because of their power to role the country and get started for the corruption.
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I remembered during the 1990s when there were also rotating brownouts. Even Daylight Savings Time was adopted to manage the energy crisis back then. I'm thinking, it's happening all over again... what's worse is that it's happening in summer when it's so hot. It sucks, really. But all we can do right now is manage. No use griping now, let's just be happy with the fact that it's just for 2 hours a day and not more than that.
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• Philippines
14 Apr 10
It's really frustrating that we suffer such rotating brownouts on a daily basis but we must understand that we are suffering an energy crisis right now. The government together with quasi-public companies such as Meralco are doing their best to allocate our limited electricity to the whole country. It's a problem which we need to address and it won't be productive to point fingers.
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• Philippines
30 Apr 10
Hi Lloydbelleza! Here too in Bulacan, we experience rotating brownout. I hope that it is only because of the economy. But it seems odd that they only implemented rotating brownouts, that much ha, last few months. And the election is so near. Well, I hope as they say, there will be no brownout then. That would be too bad and maybe chaotic. (^^,)
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
It also happens here in Metro Manila every few days or so. It doesn't last for more than an hour, that's the only good part of it. If I really can't stand the heat anymore, what I do is, spend hours going in circles inside the nearby malls where it's fully airconditioned while holding a cold can of coke zero in my hand. LoL.
@yanna08 (29)
15 Apr 10
I totally agree with you. Here in Bacolod we do experience rotating brownouts as well. We would experience that for 2 hours and the power would comeback. My brother told me that a friend mentioned to him that this rotating brownout would last until the 18th of April. I hope they could do something about this because it very hot. Our health would be in jeopardy. Many people would die of heat stroke and lot would have sun burns
@yanna08 (29)
15 Apr 10
I totally agree with you. Here in Bacolod we do experience rotating brownouts as well. We would experience that for 2 hours and the power would comeback. My brother told me that a friend mentioned to him that this rotating brownout would last until the 18th of April. I hope they could do something about this because it very hot. Our health would be in jeopardy. Many people would die of heat stroke and lot would have sun burns
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
wow, hot topic for today. There's already a lot of Filipinos here at myLot. Anyway, we are not experiencing this in PEZA Cavite where I work. Electricity's up the whole day. I think because it's an economic zone. Glad to be working here. Power shortage and rotating brown-outs, do you think increase in our electricity bills are worth it? I hope the next government would use our natural resources well. There's a lot of natural resources around us that we do not utilize well.
• Canada
15 Apr 10
Is there a reason why this happens in the Phillipines (is that where you are?), and not in Canada and the USA? Why is the power situation so different there, but not here? We never have this kind of problem, and we have no need to roate electricity. We all just use what we need, and try not to use too much.