TO spur economic activities in Gigantes island in Carles, Iloilo, the National Power Corporation (Napocor) on Monday switches-on a new 300 kW generating set, allowing for its 24/7 power service in the island.
“Electricity plays a huge role in boosting the livelihood of our customers in the islands. With 24/7 power, residents can start and sustain small businesses and fishermen can maximize the use of light during dawn and dusk,” said Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez.
Napocor serves 1, 300 households in the island, most of whom are living off from incomes coming from fishing.
Prior to the grant of the new generating set, Napocor’s Gigantes Diesel Power Plant (DPP) supplies 16 hours of electricity and has a dependable capacity of 530 kW which suffices to meet the peak demand of 375 kW.
The new 300 kW genset brings the total dependable capacity to 796 kW and the net reserve at 421 kW. With huge reserve capacities, Napocor said that additional household connections and an increased demand can be expected.
Gigantes DPP is located in Gigantes North but it also serves Gigantes Sur through a 1.7 km submarine cable. These are the biggest islands of Gigantes.
In the switching-on ceremony, Napocor’s Vice Presidents for Engineering Atty. Rogel Teves and Vice President for Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) Edmundo Veloso expressed gratitude to the local government for facilitating the hauling of the 8-ton genset to the island.
Located off the coast of Estancia and Carles in Northern Iloilo, ‘Islas de Gigantes’ got its name from discovered enormous human remains contained in coffins in its caves. It is most known for its marine delights such as scallops, shrimps, and crabs; unique rock formations and pristine beaches.
Napocor, the national government’s arm for missionary electrification, presently operates and manages 275 power facilities in 190 municipalities across 34 provinces in the archipelago.
The state-firm has recently given 24/7 power supply to the islands of Capul in Northern Samar, Maripipi in Biliran, Balicasag and Pamilacan in Bohol, and Doong in Cebu.