08/05/2013 - The administrator of the national public service authority Asep, Zelmar Rodríguez did not rule out today the possibility of scheduled blackouts due to the current energy crisis.
"It is on the agenda, but it is the last option," said Rodríguez, who clarified that the scheduled cuts would be the last option that the government would implement.
A number of measures have already been taken, such as cancelling classes at all schools and reducing the hours at public agecies.
The country is having problems due to the lack of rain, which has cut hydro production. Therefore, consumption needs to be scaled back.
Rodríguez warned that Asep is being vigilant to ensure measures, such as the shutting off of lighted signs at night, are being followed. Violators could be fined up to $10,000.
The Cabinet yesterday approved a resolution ordering the closure of supermarkets, cinemas, bars, pubs, casinos and nightclubs from Monday to Thursday, from 10 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
It also ordered air conditioners to be turned off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in public offices, malls and shops.
A state of emergency has been declared in Coclé, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera due to the drought plaguing these provinces.
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