Bukidnon to suffer 9-hour brownout on Friday

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 08 May)—Most of Bukidnon will experience a 9-hour long power interruption tomorrow, May 9.

 An advisory by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. outage is scheduled for maintenance work: insulator replacement on structures along the Maramag-Malaybalay 69 kV transmission line.

 This will affect areas served by the province’s two distribution utilities, the Bukidnon II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BUSECO) and the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative Inc. (FIBECO).

 Affected BUSECO areas include Malaybalay City, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, 10 barangays of Talakag spanning from Brgy Lerongan to Brgy Indulang and Valencia City’s Brgy. Lilingayon.

 FIBECO information officer Jose Eric Barilea said Kitaotao, Don Carlos, Quezon, Kalilangan, Pangantucan, Maramag, Valencia City and San Fernando will also be affected.

In a phone interview with Beth Ladaga, NGCP regional corporate communications officer, she said preventive maintenance is needed to strengthen transmission lines.

 As to the regular brownouts felt in Mindanao, she said NGCP can’t do anything about the power supply deficiency in the island.

 “NGCP only allocates supply from NPC (National Power Corporation) to meet the demands of the [distribution utilities],” she said.

She added that though STEAG State Power Inc. contributed additional 105 MW to the Grid decreasing supply deficiency to 190 MW today, lesser brownouts still depend on the supply management of the electric cooperatives.

 “Their supply allocation will still depend on the contracts they have secured with NPC and others (private companies),” she said.

 Parts of Bukidnon, especially those under BUSECO, have been experiencing 2 to 4 hours of brownouts daily .

 Aside from Bukidnon, NGCP has also scheduled a 12 n.n to 2 p.m. power interruption in Maguindanao tomorrow and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. outage in Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Davao Oriental on May 10. (April Rose Torion)

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