NGCP readies for 2016 national elections

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

 

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NGCP Officials (L-R) Engr. Jede James Cataylo, head for Negros Area Controlled Center, Engr. Hannel Tamayo, head of Visayas Systems Planning Division, Engr. Zosimo Briones, head of Negros Operations and Maintenance Division and Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson and head of NGCP-CCPAD during a Power 102 briefing Nov. 13 at Hotel Essencia, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) –  The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has come up with a contingency plan to prevent power interruptions during the synchronized national and local elections in May 2016.

In preparations for the national elections, NGCP has been doing clearing operations to trees that may create obstructions to its power transmission and cable lines during the election period.

However, in a “Power 101-102” media briefing held recently in Dumaguete City, NGCP spokesperson lawyer Cynthia Alabanza asked members of the media and the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) to help them cautioned the residents not to plant trees under its transmission lines.

Atty. Alabanza said trees and vegetation that grow or are planted near NGCP’s existing transmission lines are known to cause tripping or power outages.

According to Engr. Briones so far the only problem of power failure and interruptions in Negros Island is due to trees and vegetation when it breach prescribed safety clearances for high-voltage power lines.

Engr. Briones said clearing of trees and vegetation under transmission lines has become difficult because of uncooperative landowners.

The NGCP also warned the public of the safety hazards for right of way (ROW) violators that may add up to operation problems.

“Uncooperative landowners prevent the company from conducting the much needed vegetation clearing activities, thus transmission services where areas affected are likely hampered,” said Alabanza.

As part of preventive measure, NGCP holds series of  safety information campaigns to media and information officers and even in barangays to remind the public to take extra precautions when near the transmission lines.

Responsible trimming of trees and vegetation within the transmission line ROW is part of regular operation and maintenance procedures done by NGCP linemen.

Alabanza said the NGCP’s regular maintenance activities and expansion projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to customers.

The NGCP does not own the towers and lands on which the towers are standing on. Its franchise only covers the operations and management of the transmission facilities.

The assets, including lines, substations, land and structure, will remain with the Philippine government through the National Transmission Corporation. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Nov. 17, 2015)

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