No brownout in Oriental Mindoro Sunday

The power crisis plaguing the Philippines has not generated as much concern than on Saturday, a day before boxing icon Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring to defend his welterweight belt against challenger Joshua Clottey in Dallas, Texas on Sunday (Philippine time).

From Metro Manila to Mindanao, officials have been scrambling to ensure Sunday’s power supply will be uninterrupted as the bout is expected to bring the nation, as in Pacquiao’s previous fights, to a standstill.

But for the people in Oriental Mindoro, it looks like there’s nothing to worry about.

Governor Arnan Panaligan on Saturday said he had met with officials of the National Power Corp. who guaranteed a brownout-free day on Sunday to ensure people in the province could watch “The Event”.

“I met with Napocor representatives and they assured me that the power supply in the province is stable,” Panaligan told The Mindoro Post.

Unless “unforeseen circumstances” arise, “we do not foresee power interruption tomorrow,” he said.

Some areas in the province have been experiencing power outages.

At the same time, Panaligan has sponsored cable TV showing of the Texas battle, which starts at  0415 GMT (12:15 p.m. Philippine time) and is expected to be shown live to 80 million homes worldwide.

Calapan City Mayor Doy Leachon, meanwhile, is providing free live viewing of the fight at the Divine Word College of Calapan gymnasium.

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