PANGASINAN will not experience any power interruption throughout the week to help ensure orderly elections.
This was the assurance made by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) whose officials said an overall command center has been activated from May 11 to 17 as part of preparations to secure power transmission operations and facilities during this year’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
The NGCP’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department said contingency plans are in place to monitor and quickly address any grid disturbance.
Although May 14 has been declared a special non-working day, NGCP said its critical units, such as system operations (SO) and operations and maintenance (O&M), remain fully staffed and operational.
Line crews, engineers, pilots, maintenance and testing, and other technical personnel are also strategically positioned in NGCP substations to respond to line trippings, should these occur, it added.
“NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other measures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities to be affected by emergencies or important national events. With its security and contingency preparations set, NGCP can ensure reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date,” stated the company.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (Eva Visperas)
CENPELCO forms Bantay Kutyente
Meanwhile, Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENPELCO) formed the Task Force Bantay Kuryente to help ensure stable supply of power before, on the day and after the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections in its jurisdiction.
Engr. Rodrigo Corpuz, CENPELCO general manager, said the task force will focus on monitoring of equipment and major installations of its distribution utility servicing Central Pangasinan.
To ensure stable supply of power on Monday, May 14, the power utilities in the province had a coordination meeting with the NGCP to coordinate support system for the elections.
Corpuz said, all the maintenance and preventive maintenance activities have been temporarily suspended to ensure no power interruptions during the preparation, during and until canvasing of votes are over.
Except for the eventualities that are beyond control of CENPELCO like sudden stormy weather this week, Cenpelco said it sees no reason for any of the towns in central Pangasinan to have power interruptions.
Patrol teams composed of maintenance crew have been assigned in every town to monitor the power lines and ready to respond to any emergency.
CENPELCO said its customers can call the agency’s hotline (075-532-2222) to report any concern regarding the power lines or cases of sabotage. (Nora Dominguez)
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