Marcos spells out plan to reduce electricity rates

Marcos spells out plan to reduce electricity rates

MANILA — Presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos on Saturday laid out his plans for a profound study that would result in a viable solution to reduce power rates in the country.

“Malaking bahagi ng sahod ng bawat Pilipino ay pumupunta sa singil ng kuryente. Ano ba ang mga kinakailangang gawin para maibaba ang presyo ng kuryente natin?” Marcos said in his regular Vlog.

“Ang misyon natin para sa ating bansa ay magkaroon ng sapat, maasahan at abot kaya na kuryente para sa lahat,” he explained.

Marcos said his administration will focus on production, transmission, and distribution of electricity nationwide and will add more energy resources to ensure a sufficient power supply.

Included in his plan is to put up additional geothermal and hydroelectric power plants and installation of more solar and wind power farms.

“Renewable gaya ng solar at wind power gaya ng ginawa namin sa Ilocos. Maraming lugar sa bansa ang pwedeng gawan ng wind power. Kailangan lang aralin at magkaroon ng kaunting imahinasyon para ipatupad ito,” he said.

He added that the government should also focus on pushing for the utilization of “Large Scale Battery Storage,” which would be helpful in the preservation of energy and electricity.

“Ang isa pang teknolohiyang aking paglalaanan ng pansin ay ang mga tinatawag na large scale battery storage. Ang nagiging problema dati sa solar at wind power ay ang intermittent of production, ibig sabihin hindi lagi umiihip ang hangin at hindi naman laging may-araw,” he explained.

“Pero iba na ngayon dahil napakaganda na ng teknolohiya sa large scale battery storage. Ang ibig sabihin may paglalagyan na ang nakokolektang power na hindi nagagamit. Gagamitin na lang kapag kinakailangan,” Marcos continued.

He added that several countries in Europe, the USA, and Australia have been successfully using these technologies.

“Meron na rin tayo sa bansa tulad ng pag-aari ng San Miguel Corp. at ang kailangan na lamang ay paramihin ito. ‘Yung mga ganitong teknolohiya ay nababagay din sa mga isla natin na mahirap abutin ng tradisyunal na transmission lines,” Marcos said.

“Ang ating geographical locations, ang ating natural resources and ating physical assets, katambal ng teknolohiya ay lahat ng ito ay nagsasabing hindi tayo dapat nawawalan at nagkukulang ng enerhiya. Kaya’t aralin natin at gamitin natin,” he added.

In the end, Marcos suggested that there should be a study on the possibility of reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, which was a brainchild of his father, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

According to a latest survey, 79% of Filipinos agree with the rehabilitation of the BNPP, 65% want to construct new power plants, while 78% are open to the idea of studying the information regarding the power plant. (ai/mtvn)

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