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    Passengers James Christian Cabardo and his mother Catherine, foreground center, pose with cabin crew of AirAsia Philippines Airbus A320 passenger plane with the livery of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao upon arrival from Cebu city Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The low-budget airline surprised James Christian and Catherine with free roundtrip tickets to Cebu as well as free passes for passengers to watch the live broadcast in Manila of the world welterweight unification fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 2, the richest fight in boxing history. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA >> An officer at a Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off major appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the much-awaited fight between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

Palawan Electric Cooperative secretary Rante Ramos said Friday shutting down refrigerators in 15,000 households alone will reduce the demand for electricity in the province enough to compensate for the expected power deficit of 2 megawatts when the fight is aired in the Philippines on Sunday.

He said air conditioners, washing machines and electric pots also consume a lot of electricity.

“If it is just for the Pacquiao fight, let us just leave electric fans and TVs on,” Ramos said. “We have waited so long for this, and now that it will happen … it is unacceptable not to have the opportunity to watch it.”

The electric cooperative, which only distributes electricity, said there has been an average of 3-hour outages in Palawan because of a breakdown and maintenance shutdown of four power generators in the province.

Big power consumers such as malls, department stores and hotels have agreed to disconnect from the grid and use their own power generators from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday to also help reduce the load.

“This is not only for the fight,” Ramos said. “We also want to teach citizens to show concern for fellow citizens, and of course to save electricity.”

Ramos said he first made the suggestion in a personal Facebook post on Wednesday and it has received positive responses and has been shared by others in Palawan, the island province southwest of Manila.

Sen. Ralph Recto had served notice to energy officials as early as February to do all they can to prevent any power outages when Pacquiao fights Mayweather for what could be boxing’s richest event.

Recto said they will be made “punching bags” by the people who will be deprived of watching the fight.

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