It depends on where your OFS lives. To be more specific, it depends on who runs the power distribution center.

Here’s some context. Back in the 1990’s, the Philippines experienced a power crisis. To address it, their government started privatizing the power industry to introduce investments and upgrade the country’s infrastructure. So businesses began popping up to help generate more power and improve power distribution. This allowed the government to focus on building infrastructure in hard-to-reach places like rural areas, mountains, and island towns.

For metropolitan areas like Manila, Cebu, and Davao, this system worked. Private businesses took over distribution. They upgraded the power grid and made it more resilient to natural disasters. They have an organized system that manages problems, so those cities have been experienced fewer blackouts.

But in smaller towns and cities, the system didn’t work as well. These places continue to suffer regular blackouts because the private businesses who took over the power distribution failed to:

  • Invest in updating the distribution infrastructure
  • Build more grids to serve their growing number of customers
  • Anticipate the rising demand for power, so they didn’t buy enough from power generators

These are the places most affected by blackouts when there’s a natural disaster.

There is greater demand for power during the hot and dry months in the Philippines. When this happens, the industrial and commercial zones are prioritized.

This is why rural areas would experience rotational blackouts from March to June. If their power distribution company is well managed, these blackouts are kept at a minimum, like 1-2 hours every few days. If not, they can experience 4-6 hour rotational blackouts every day.

If the summer is really dry (El Niño), the whole country does experience power shortage due to:

  • Increased demand for power
  • Low  water levels in the 12 hydroelectric power plants and
  • Reduced efficiency of the 20 geothermal power plants

That’s when most of the Philippines would have to go through rotational blackouts to manage supply. But thankfully, more renewable power plants are being built. So hopefully, there would be no more rotational blackouts in the future.

Progress is being made. Just in the time since I’ve had OFS working for me the situation has greatly improved.  You might never be affected because of this depending on where your OFS lives.

My advice is don’t try to hire in a specific location to try to avoid power outages.  Just hire the right talent wherever they are.  You’ll be better off.

John