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Hontiveros warns of implications of Luzon power outages on public health.

Hontiveros warns of implications of Luzon power outages on public health !-- -- ( - April 11, 2019 - 4:42pm MANILA, Philippines The government must investigate and address the recent power outages in Luzon, Sen.

Risa Hontiveros said Thursday as she stressed that any shortage in power supply may lead Filipinos to be more vulnerable to diseases during summer. Hontiveros made the call after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines implemented rotational blackouts that lasted an hour in several areas Wednesday and placed the Luzon grid on "yellow" and "red" alert status.

A yellow alert means there are not enough reserves to cover the largest running generating unit at a given period but it does not necessarily lead to power outages. A red alert status, on the other hand, means there is insufficient power supply in the grid.

"The Department of Energy and other agencies must exercise their mandate and ensure that the country has enough power supply these critical months of the summer season," Hontiveros said. She added: "Government must secure adequate power capacity for the increased demand in electricity this summer, and put an end to any possibly artificial power outages.

" According to a tweet report from News5, the NGCP lifted the red alert status in the Luzon grid at 2:18 p.m.

Thursday. Yellow alert remains raised in the power grid from 3 p.

m. to 9 p.

m. today.

.8745644599303 " lang="tlTinanggal na ng @NGCP ang red alert status sa Luzon grid bandang 2:18 p.m.

Nananatili naman ang yellow alert mula 3 p.m.

hanggang 9 p.m.

| via @josebimbosantosAvailable Capacity - 10,749 MWPeak Demand - 10,300 MW pic.twitter.

com/cJbRuchDWf News5 AKSYON (@News5AKSYON) April 11, 2019 Possible public health risk

The lawmaker stressed the public cannot afford to have brownouts "during this time when our people rely on electricity to cope with the sweltering summer heat and when hospitals are packed with people suffering from diseases common during summer." Hontiveros also warned that rolling brownouts, coupled with the continuing water supply shortage in Metro Manila, will have "major implications on the public health sector" as Filipinos are more exposed to health risks associated with rising temperatures during summer.

She added that any power outages will disruptoperations and services in hospitals and health care facilities. "Considering its grave impact on our public health sector, we must ensure adequate power supply for Filipino homes throughout the next few months and beyond," Hontiveros said.

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Date:Apr 11, 2019
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