Iloilo bankers: Power outage affects our health, security

By Alex P. Vidal

“Around every corner, always protect the engine that powers you.”—Dwayne Johnson

THE ever-reticent banking sector has broken its silence and joined the fray in assailing the series of massive power outages in Panay Island, Guimaras, and portions of Negros after New Year 2024.

In a letter to Iloilo City Mayor Geronimo “Jerry” Trenas dated January 8, 2024, Bankers Association of Iloilo, Inc. president Gabriel “Gaby” F. Lim expressed “dissatisfaction” over the power interruptions on January 2 to 5, 2024.

“As we all know that we are the Banking Sector plays (sic) as one of the vital roles of the economy of the (sic) Iloilo city,” Lim told Treñas. “We provide the day-to-day credit and finance requirements of the public.”

“As what had happened to during the 1st banking day of the year 2024, allow me to share relevant Banking Aspects heavily compromised because of the incident.

Lim said in terms of security, their equipment “not functioning as to its function to pre-empt possible lawless activities e.g. burglary, fire, etc.”

In terms of physical and mental health of the banking associates, Lim said “high blood pressures, experiencing anxiety attacks due to lack of sleep and physically tired to function normally over the period.”

The bank machines and equipment also “suffered possible damages that can affect day-to-day operations,” Lim said.

He said they also incurred operational expenses and “possible losses of the banks.”


Lim added there were “additional unprojected expenses for fuel, machineries replacement and repairs.”

“Banks cannot maximize servicing financial needs of the public due to the limitations set during the outage,” explained Lim. “Limited over the Counter Transactions and ATMs not functioning due to power capacity provided.”

Lim told Treñas they “cannot deny the fact that Iloilo City is one of the fastest growing cities as to the economy, improvements, structures, and developments. Our power demand is increasing and in need of a much-stabilized power to sustain that can ensure business continuity and development in the region.”

Lim suggested: “As to what had happened last April 2023 and January 2024, we are now asking for a strong and appropriate attention to the handling Power Corporations, Regulatory Agencies, and our National Government to address immediately regulations needed to be properly implemented.”

Lim said, “Facilities and Equipment needed to be replaced and upgraded and enhanced the Transmission and Distribution Structural facilities to meet and accommodate the load requirements of the region.”


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(The author, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two daily newspapers in Iloilo.—Ed)