A Snake in The Wires of Bohol

One often hears the phrase, “only in the Philippines.” I rarely use it for two reasons, most of the time it is not true. The other reason is that it usually used in a derogatory way. Thought I intend no malice when I do use it, avoid it because I have no desire to beat up on the Philippines, I see too many people doing that, including Filipino. There is no reason to beat up on or mock the Philippines. With that said….

Only in the Philippines, could one see an entire province lose power because a snaked crawled onto the wires. It wrapped itself around some insulators, causing a short which caused a major transformer to shut down which then knocked out power to all of Bohol. There is no word on the fate of the snake, but I doubt it ended well for that snake.

Power was out for the entire province for more than 12 hours. Tagbilaran City, the capital of the province, was without power for more than 12 hours according to published press reports. The power went out about 1pm and was normalized over most of the province by 5pm.

Bohol is famous for its chocolate hills and wildlife. It has an abundance of pythons and the tarsier. The other major attraction to Bohol are its “chocolate hills” and the floating restaurants.

Power outages in the Philippines, I think are devastating the country. It is an inconvenience to me and the thing I like least about living here, but forget about me, its holding the Philippines back. The Philippines can’t move out of its developing nation status until it puts infrastructure in place to support commerce for the people. I don’t know why it is not in place but I’m convinced it could be.

In Bogo City, we had an all day brown out a couple of weeks ago. That was followed up with about a week of nearly daily brownouts of an hour or two. It is not that unusual in the Philippines, from what I can tell, Northern Cebu gets hit by this more often.

I live in Bogo City which in in the nearby province of Cebu. I was ready to move a few months back because of it. At that time though, there were brownouts all over the Philippines. Nearly every area was having frequent blackouts. It was blamed on the drought. The brownouts did subside once the rainy season started which ended the drought. They didn’t go away though.

Brownouts are a part of living in the   Newsrooms Philippines. They are more frequent in some places than others. There are fewer in Manila. I’ve not spent much time in Manila though, so I’m not certain of that. What I know is only by word of mouth. For me, blackouts are the worst part of living in the Philippines.

Rusty Ferguson

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