TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) assured they will not implement power interruptions during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on Monday, May 14.
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer Lilibeth Gaydowen said NGCP will also suspend maintenance schedules three days before and after the elections.
Officer-in-Charge of the Operations and Maintenance Division of Cagayan Valley Engineer Rodolfo “Jun” Ilarde said NGCP will have “more stringent” preparations for the elections to ensure no brownouts.
“Rest assured na ang buong power utility industry, yung partner natin na taga-Cagaelco I at lahat ng distribution utility within the region, ay meron kaming close coordination and we are aiming talaga into one goal and that is no power interruptions,” Ilarde said.
Aside from this, NGCP is monitoring its lines and clearing out branches and other vegetation which might cause brownouts.
Further, technical maintenance team from La Union are on hand to ensure maintenance of equipment and transformers within the region.
Ilarde told the media that NGCP is also closely coordinating with the police and army regarding security this election season.
This summer, NGCP is also on alert for wooden poles which can be affected by grass fires as a result of kaingin. The agency has made fire lines to ensure stability of electric poles.
Ilarde said 2,937 wooden poles are being replaced with steel or concrete poles.
“This is a continuing activity ng operations and maintenance division to ensure na hindi na masususnog yung mga poste natin na wood pole,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gaydowen reminded host communities to remain vigilant on fires especially during summer months.
She said locals should immediately contact hotlines of electric cooperatives or barangay officials in cases of fire.
“Yung mga poste kasi natin and mga tower [ay] located sila sa bundok [o] sa gitna ng rice fields [at] hindi po natin ito nakikita sa gilid ng kalasada. So very prone po yung mga structures natin at mga poste sa sunog,” Gaydowen said.
Ilarde and Gaydowen guested in Philippine Information Agency’s Tipon-Tipan on Friday, May 4, to talk about NGCP’s programs and activities.
In the briefing, NGCP said generation companies or power plants still produce “enough” power for the region.
Gaydowen said the region also has 1,900 megawatts reserve under normal operations or demand conditions.
“Meron tayong mga reserves o mga planta if ever man magkaroon ng aberya, meron at meron silang itatap na power plant para maboost lang yung power supply natin,” Gaydowen said.
“Kung kulang [ang power generation], may contingency plan na ginagawa [ang system operations] para matustusan o mabigyan yung kailangan na load,” Ilarde added.
Gaydowen said electricity use normally increases during summer months but as of Thursday, May 3, the region has already exceeded electricity use estimated by the energy department.
“Sa sobrang init [ng] summer season, maraming gumagamit talaga ng kuryente so, as member consumers, tayong kumukunsumo ng kuryente, we also have the responsibility na gumamit ng kuryente at magtipid po tayo para ma-manage po natin yung paggamit ng kuryente,” Gaydowen added. Northernforum.net