Power Sources in Visayas

The Visayas island group – to which Cebu belongs – has three main power baseloads which are interconnected into one grid with capacity of over 2,200MW of electricity. The main source is geothermal energy, supplemented by thermal and diesel generating plants. These sources provide Cebu with predictable 220V AC electricity at stable prices. However, no matter what the figures look like, Cebu, like most parts of the Philippines; still suffers from what locals call “brownouts”. Yes, that translates into “blackouts” for the majority of the rest of us.

Potable water is abundant in most areas, with ongoing infrastructure projects providing a very significant increase in water supplies to keep with the growing needs of industry. Keep in mind that Cebu, like the rest of the Philippines, needs to pay attention to the ongoing management of water resources. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why.

The road and bridge system, is undergoing a substantial (much needed) upgrade to bring the road transport system into the 21st century. Believe me, there is no route 66 here in Cebu, or most places in the Philippines for that matter. The big buzz word in Cebu is SRP. Stay here a little longer and you’ll know what it means. I get my thrills on route SRP… Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!

All in all, Cebu is currently enjoying a sustained economic boom. The latent result is that the infrastructure is slowly improving.

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