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Official Brownout/Blackout in Davao

This week we have been experiencing many “Brownouts”, In the Philippines, when the power goes out it is called a Brownout where in other countries it is called a Blackout.
Well today we heard there is a scheduled power outage tomorrow, Saturday March 28 to support “Earth Hour” for public awareness of Global Warming.

Here is the report from Davao Light’s web site:

Davao Light sounds off Earth Hour on March 28th

At exactly 8:30 pm on March 28, Saturday, Davao Light & Power Co. (DLPC) will sound off its siren at C. Bangoy Sr. Street (formerly P. Reyes) to signal the start of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a world-wide advocacy which enjoins everyone to show their support to the movement to stop global warming by turning off their electricity for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening. Davao Light is joining all the companies under the Aboitiz Power Corporation in supporting Earth Hour. To advance the cause of the movement, DLPC is undertaking a series of awareness campaign to make its employees and the public aware of the dangers of global warming. This awareness campaign and the blowing of the siren by DLPC on March 28 is part of its campaign to bring to the consciousness of its employees and the public the urgent need for them to be involved in solving the problem. As the sounding of the alarm will occur outside of the regular schedule, the company is making this advance announcement so that they will know what it means and they will not be alarmed. Residents are also advised to take extra precaution against burglary and the use of candles to avoid fire during the observance of the Earth Hour


So please get ready and if you use candles when the power goes out, please be careful.

11 Responses to “Official Brownout/Blackout in Davao”

  1. Ray says:

    Hi Bruce

    Your scheduled power outage will only be 1 hour? My wife is from La Union and they have scheduled power outages that last all day. They claim it is for maintinence. I experienced one and it was not fun. 🙁

  2. Mindanao Bob says:

    Hi Bruce – The way I read the announcement, it doesn’t say they are shutting off the power. It says they are shutting off the company lights and such, and sounding an alarm. But, I don’t see where it says that there will be a brownout. Maybe I am reading it wrong?

    • Bruce says:

      I see what you mean, I read both articles on their site.
      Elena heard something on the radio about a total power outage and then the final word about safety and candles made me think it is a total brownout. I guess at 8:30 tonight we will see.

  3. Are you sure they are not talking about the “Earth Hour”? I will voluntarily shut down my lights here tonight at 8.30 pm Swedish time.

  4. Anthony says:

    Having three kids and one on the way/pregnant wife, it is difficult to be tolerate the lack of power at times. I guess my small ugly American attitude is showing. How about a rebate of some sorts? Oopps there i go again. Like you Bruce i have adapted to the philippine lifestyle or am at least trying, but no notice brownouts. Yeah i know “Have a Coke and a smile”

    • Bruce says:

      It actually did not happen. The Davao Light only shut off the lights in their offices and it was up to others to show their support.
      As you will learn, to live here, you cannot get mad at the things you can not change. If not it will tear you up and drive the family crazy. Just chill.
      P.S. welcome back.

  5. Anthony says:

    I should be more clear, At least once a week we have a brownout of at least 60 minutes or so. I dig the earth day thing but when you have babies in the house with no aircon and no notice it is very frustrating. Yes, when in” Rome do what the Romans do”. I guess to solve my problem i will need to find some sort of generator. Yes i have a long way to go with my tolerance of the infrastructure but i am learning to adapt.With my family there and me here and wanting to always make things as comfotable as possible for them i cringe knowing my pregnant wife is sweating.

    • Bruce says:

      Here usually we do not get many brownouts and when we do, it only lasts about 15-30 minutes. A generator would be nice, but that is a big expense and a lot of noise when run. I remember being up all night in Florida after the hurricanes and a neighbor ran it all the time to keep his aircon, ref, and some lights on. I laughed, he got it mainly to watch his Sunday football games, but the cable was out too.

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