|CBE is currently experiencing a
power shortage that started as a campus-wide blackout
last July 4, 2006. According to CBE Dean Alice T.
Valerio, the blackout was caused by the “overloading” of
the campus’s electric meter base situated across the
street at the Cavite Traffic Management Office (CTMO).
Apparently, the meter base was unable to handle the
increased electrical consumption, which Dr. Valerio
attributes to the recent surge in student enrollment.
“May nasusunog… parang amoy ng nasusunog na goma
(Something was burning… it smelled like burnt rubber),”
recounted CTMO Officer-in-Charge and Traffic Operations
Officer Abiel B. Laudato, who was in his office that
morning of the blackout. He continued that they had cut
off all electrical connections around 11:00 a.m.
Upon inspection of the damage, Laudato observed that
the rubber insulation of the main electrical entrance
line was burned off and that the electrical meter was
also severely burned out. “Parang binalatang saging
(Like a peeled banana),” he said, describing the
Power was restored a few days later when the damage
was repaired and the electrical meter was even replaced
with a digital one. However, CBE is now heavily
curtailing its power consumption as even the replaced
main electrical entrance line cannot handle the school’s
normal power intake, according to administration.
There are currently more that 470 students and
faculty members being affected by the lack of
air-conditioning and limited use of computer units.
Dr. Valerio explained that CBE does not have its own
power line and electrical meter, but, instead, shares
these with nearby CTMO. The Cavite provincial government
pays for this shared electrical bill, she continued.
She expressed the administration’s collective desire
for CBE to have its own electrical line, meter and
transformer, partly in order to stabilize the power
consumption. Laudato confirmed that such an installation
would cost approximately 1 million pesos.
“We have already identified funds for this,” Dr.
Valerio stated, however. Furthermore, an electrical plan
has already been approved, she continued. Still, CBE
cannot transact properly with Meralco (Manila Electric
Co.), since CvSU does not own the CBE building, she
Dr. Valerio is now trying to secure a deed of
donation or memorandum of agreement transferring
ownership of the CBE building from the Cavite provincial
government to CvSU. “[She] is working hand in hand with
the Cavite provincial government to normalize the power
situation,” CvSU President Ruperto S. Sangalang
“I’m really trying to facilitate everything, but I
can’t control everything,” exclaimed Dr. Valerio,
hinting that even transactions between government
offices can take much time.