One sector here that has not yet been hit hard by brownouts, which have increased to five hours daily from the previous three to four hours despite the resumption of operations of the Iligan Diesel Power Plant on Monday, is tourism.

Notwithstanding the 30-megawatt additional supply from the Iligan plant, power deficiency in Mindanao widened to 494 MW yesterday, a report of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said, compared to 390 MW on Tuesday and 302 last Monday.

Internet cafes and small shops have had to close down during brownouts since they cannot afford generator sets, which cost about P50,000-P70,000 each.

“Since the 1990s, we have been promoting Cagayan de Oro as Mindanao’s convention center,” said Imma Rae D. Gatuslao, city tourism officer.

But she noted that “even as tourism establishments continue to have full booking, cost of operations would definitely be higher.”

Still, she said, “white water rafting is available the whole year round. Even with El Niño, our rapids are still strong because our water source is deep.” — LGD

article from BusinessWorld

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