NGCP vows no maintenance shutdown week before, after polls

Bukidnon News.Net official Logo for site2CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Bukidnon News/27 March)- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) vowed that it will not conduct preventive maintenance works on its transmission facilities a week before and after the May 13, 2013 midterm national and local elections.

Lawyer Cynthia Alabanza, NGCP corporate communications head, however, could not guarantee if there will be no power interruptions across the country on election day as power generation is beyond their control.

NGCP is the private operator of the country’s transmission network.

To avoid power interruptions during the upcoming elections, Alabanza stressed that “it has to be a multi-sectoral effort under the Department of Energy (DOE) together with the generation, transmission and distribution players.”

Alabanza vowed to repeat the feat in the 2010 elections, which she pointed as having “no transmission-related outages” during the election day.

She was in town Tuesday for a press conference at Seda Hotel to reveal the firm’s transmission development plan.

NGCP is part of the Power Task Force created by the DOE to secure the country’s power supply for the May 13, 2013 elections.

Alabanza stressed that NGCP is prepared for the upcoming polls as if the “election day is a typhoon or a natural disaster phenomenon.”

She explained that this means pooling their personnel and equipment in such a way that they can “restore power right away through immediate mobilization.”

As the operator of the country’s transmission network, Alabanza said the NGCP takes its calls from the National Power Corporation, with her company only implementing the allocation.

“They take charge of the decision-making on allocation, on who gets the supply on a day-to-day basis,” she added.

Alabanza stressed that NGCP has no control over outages caused by lack of power supply, because this is the responsibility of power generation companies.

Jesselito Abamonga, another NGCP official, told reporters they are closely watching the Agus-Kibawe transmission lines due to a previous bombing incident and threats. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)