NGCP energizes power lines for MSU

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) energized on June 3 the transmission lines providing power to the Mindanao State University (MSU), despite the ongoing gunfire in Marawi City.

NGCP tower

The said transmission facility tripped last May 23 when the clashes bewtween the Maute terror group and government troops in Marawi City erupted.

NGCP personnel began inspecting the line as soon as a clearance was given by the AFP.

The line crew continued with inspections and repairs while gunfire was heard coming from the peripheral areas of the compound. “We decided to go and proceed with the repair with three line crews, in order to give a ray of hope to the lone government university in Marawi City, the MSU,” the team leader of NGCP’s restoration group for Marawi said.

“We are very proud of our team. The bravery demonstrated by the substation crew, who have not left their posts since the hostilities started, despite the risk to themselves, is truly laudable. We also commend our line crew who conducted repairs amidst audible gunfire.”

The NGCP also expressed its appreciation to the AFP for providing security while the line patrol was doing repairs, and for providing security in transporting supplies being to NGCP personnel on duty in the area.

The company also assures the public that it is ready to conduct similar repair and restoration to ensure that power delivery service is continuous to its customers and household consumers. (NGCP/PIA-10)


NOTICE to All CEPALCO Customers

Subject: Scheduled Power Interruption on Thursday, January 12, 2017 and Switching Interruption on Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO) would like to inform all customers of a SCHEDULED POWER INTERRUPTION on Thursday, January 12, 2017 and SWITCHING INTERRUPTION on Sunday, January 15, 2017 as shown below.
January 12, 2017 / 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM (9 HOURS)
1. Portion of Tablon at Ravidas Compound, Sitio Sapong, Sitio Palalan and Sitio Manila.
January 12, 2017 (Thursday)
6:00 AM – 7:00 AM (1 HOUR); Switching
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (1 HOUR); Switching
1. From Minergy/UKC to Suy Sing Warehouse-Umalag, Tablon down towards Baloy to Barangay Cugman, Gusa (excluding Capistrano Complex, Sta. Cecilia and Mega Heights Subdivisions), Lapasan up to corner Agora-Shell including Puregold and portion of corner Pimentel and Sta. Cruz 1, Lapasan.
2. Agora Market area including Gaabucayan Extension, Sto. Nino and Tabaco.
3. Malasag, FS Catanico, Upper Gusa and Indahag including Alegria Hills Office.
4. Mitimco.
January 15, 2017 (Sunday)
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM (1 HOUR 30 MIN); Switching
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (1 HOUR 30 MIN); Switching
1. From Minergy/UKC to Suy Sing Warehouse-Umalag, Tablon down towards Baloy to Barangay Cugman, Gusa (excluding Capistrano Complex, Sta. Cecilia and Mega Heights Subdivisions), Lapasan up to corner Agora-Shell including Puregold and portion of corner Pimentel and Sta. Cruz 1, Lapasan.
2. Agora Market area including Gaabucayan Extension, Sto. Nino and Tabaco.
3. Malasag, FS Catanico, Upper Gusa and Indahag including Alegria Hills Office.
4. Mitimco.
5. Portion of Tablon at Ravidas Compound, Sitio Sapong, Sitio Palalan and Sitio Manila

Power will however be restored immediately without further notice when Cepalco line and switching works are completed earlier than scheduled.
We hope the affected customers and the public in general will be guided by this announcement.
Thank you.

Released by:

Ms. Marilyn A. Chavez
Assistant Vice President
Head, Customer & Community Relations Dept.

Sitio energization improves lives in MisOr

Communities in the western part of Misamis Oriental celebrated their joy of finally having to experience living in a home lighted by electricity.

moresco electrification2

This was when the Philippines established its first ever electric cooperative.


The cooperative’s success then paved the way to the springing up of more than 100 other electric cooperatives in the country today, bringing the mission of rural electrification with the government-led agency, the National Electrification Administration (NEA), overseeing them all.


However, 43 years after, statistics nationwide showed that there are still a lot of communities in the countryside who still live in darkness.


President Benigno Aquino III pronounced on 21 September 2011 the start of the Sitio Electrification program (SEP) aimed at improving the lives of the poor Filipinos.


This program is hoped to carry out economic boost which would lead to job generation and bring in investments to the rural areas.


With a target of lighting up the sitios in the entire country, the residents shall have the house wiring cost, labor cost, meter base, 30-meter service drop and all the structural materials to be installed at no cost. The only obligation on their part is to pay membership fee, Bill Deposit equivalent to 1month estimated consumption and other incidental expenses for membership and to secure the Building Permit at the Building Official Office prior to connection.


This also brings immediate challenge to the NEA and the electric cooperatives, a test of unity, dedication, competence and excellence.


Driven by a passion to carry on its rural electrification mission, MORESCO-1 committed to energize 90 sitios on the launching year of the program.


This commitment was however put to test when it was given a time-racing deadline. The pressure that MORESCO-1 bore kept many wondering if it would make true its promise to give light to the households of 90 sitios.


Banking on the power of information, MORESCO-1 immediately, conducted a consultation with the respective Local government officials, who upon knowing the pro-gram, immediately acted upon to fast track the process.


Partnership with the barangay electricians association was sought as well.


Series of community consultations were also carried out to the barangay leaders and their communities to have a better understanding of the program.


With the unceasing support from the concerned entities, MORESCO-1 committed itself to energize the 90 sitios in 80 days.


Sitio bankers in barangay Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro City, is just one of the 90 sitios in the list of MORESCO-1. It is five  kilometers away from the Tignapoloan proper, with around 30 households, composing mostly of the Higaunon tribe.


Maribel Bucona, 31 years of age, who married a native of this place, has lived here for 16 years, and those 16 years bore the couple only three children; unlikely from the other native families who usually have 10 or more children.


It is also common in their community for a man to have two – three wives with 10 or more children from each spouse, as culture and tradition permit them to. But when asked why her husband decided to only have her as his wife raising only three children, she responded first with a bashful smile, and said with a voice of determination, that she and her husband wanted to give their children a better quality of life. When she heard about the sitio energization program, she was ecstatic.


We start to cook for dinner as early as 3:00 a.m., and have our dinner before darkness sets in, for us to see the food we’re eating. and at 6:00 p.m. we start to go to bed, coz there’s nothing else to do anymore. That’s why people in the mountain have lots of children coz they go to bed very early!,” said Maribel.


To hasten the completion, MORESCO-1 initiated a ‘Bayanihan’ activity, where

employees go to the area for an overnight to assist domestic chores of the crew.


“The bayanihan really helped us a lot since we didn’t have to cook our food thus making our work faster. I am also happy that the community here is very supportive and so I encourage my linemen to work harder so we can finish the project early,” said Liberato Hugo, SEP contractor.


Meantime, in barangay Lubluban, Libertad town, Emma Carnoso, expressed elation over what she says as a dream come true.


“I am very happy that electricity has arrived in our area. We have been hoping for it for 21 years….When there’s light, there’s possibility that the work that’s not done during the day can be finished at night. I am very thankful to our lord almighty for granting our prayers,” says Emma.


She also said, “We never thought that this day would come, with posts and house wiring at no cost. We never imagined that in just a flash, our dream would come true.”


With the effort of the board of directors, the management and the employees, indeed the line construction for the 90 sitios were completed on December 15, 2011 as the set deadline, with 1,724 households actually energized out of the 1,326 households which MORESCO-1 originally committed to Energize at the onset of the SEP initiative.


These households are now enjoying the light in their homes – thus promising a brighter future for their family especially for their children. (MORESCO-1)

Fisherman relieved after receiving electrification program

Rogen Amantiad, a 37-year old fisherman, expressed his gratitude being a resident of Sitio Sampaguita, Lugait town, Misamis Oriental which is one of the beneficiaries of Sitio Electrification Program.

fisherman electrification

SEP is a flagship program of the government that started in 2011 through Department of Energy (DOE) and National Electrification Administration (NEA) and in collaboration with the electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide.


The program aimed at encouraging economic boost that would lead to job generation and bring in investments to the rural areas.


Amantiad is a father of five children and had been living at the shores of Sampaguita until a demolition at Barangay Calangahan which their sitio is part of challenged them. They were then transferred to a relocation site which he said has no electricity.


“Pag-abot namo anang relocation site wala jud suga… Kun magtuon pa among mga bata, masunog pa usahay ang buhok kay idungo man ana among suga nga lamparilya (When we reached the relocation site, there is no electricity that even when our children are studying, the lamp that served as light will burn their hair),” he said.


He is just grateful that after over a year of patience, the electrification program came to their place.


“Pag-abot sa pagsiga sa suga, dako jud among kalipay nga nahatagan mi ug kahayag (When the bulb was switched on, we are really happy that finally we are provided with light),” he said.


Sampaguita is just one of 32,688 unenergized sitios that are finally lighted up by the SEP.


The program is a part of Sitio Electrification and Barangay Line Enhancement Programs that have been must do programs under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III as compliance to his social contract to Filipinos.


P20.05-billion fund was released to 117 electrical cooperatives accommodating 11,671 recipients for Luzon, and 10,800 and 10,217 to Mindanao and Visayas, respectively.


Under SEP, residents are only obliged to pay membership fee, bill deposit equivalent to 1-month estimated consumption and other incidental expenses for membership. Other than that is to secure building permit prior to connection.


Thereafter, the house wiring cost, labor cost, meter base, 30-meter service drop and all the structural materials to be installed will be shouldered by the SEP.


Pres. Benigno Aquino III inaugurated on 13 April 2016 the last SEP switch-on ceremony under his incumbency. It was held at the premise of Misamis Oriental – 1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO-1), one of the cooperatives that energized the highest number of sitios. (IJBD/PIA10)

Gov’t lights up sitios nationwide

The national government energized another sitios nationwide.

moresco electrification

In a ceremony, Pres. Benigno Aquino III led the switch-on ceremony for the electrification of the 32,441 sitios nationwide under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP).


Upon his arrival, the President, assisted by Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada and National Electrification (NEA) Administrator Edita S. Bueno, pushed the knife switch that turned-on the LED lights representing the 32,441 sitios nationwide under the SEP.


This surpasses the committed sitios reaching to 32,688, having 247 additional sitios energized from September 2011 to March 31, 2016.


The inauguration of the nationwide SEP is carried out at the premise of the pioneer electric cooperative of the Philippines, the Misamis Oriental-1 Rural Electric Service

Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO-1), which has consistently delivered SEP requirements, as having one of the highest number of sitios energized.


Delegates from the 33 electric coops under the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Coops (AMRECO) and representatives of recipient barangays of the program in Misamis Oriental witnessed the ceremony.


In his speech, Pres. Aquino explained the relevance of electrification in the use of new technology which helps improve lives of the people.


As PNoy’s flagship program, SEP started in 2011 through DOE and NEA in collaboration with the electric cooperatives (ECs) all over the country.


This was effected with the following mandate: Sitio Electrification and Barangay Line Enhancement Programs shall be given priority and are must do programs during his term in compliance to his social contract with the Filipino people.


The economic pillars of the Aquino Administration are job creation and investment generation to improve the lives of the Filipinos, especially the poor.


The P20.05B fund released to 117 electric cooperatives bolstered the full completion the program, with the bulk of amount dispensed to Luzon having the highest list of recipients for electrification reaching to 11,671, followed by Mindanao with 10,800 and Visayas with 10,217 sitios. (PIA10)

NGCP declares yellow alert in Mindanao

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) puts the Mindanao grid on Yellow alert with the Regulating Reserves at only 45 megawatts as of 6 PM, January 1, due to the isolation of NAPOCOR owned generating facilities Agus 1 and 2 hydropower plants.

The generation plants, with a combined maximum capacity of 150 MW, are disconnected from the grid due to the bombing of Tower#25 along Agus 2- Kibawe 138kV line in Ramain, Lanao del Sur last Christmas Eve.

Restoration was halted due to failed negotiation with landowner of the property where the facility is located. The owner refused NGCP entry to repair the toppled tower alleging that government failed to pay his claims long ago.

Despite lower power consumption brought about by the cold weather and year end holidays, NGCP still placed the Mindanao grid on Yellow alert, with the reserves falling below required levels.

NGCP expects the supply situation to worsen come January 4 when classes and work resume.

NGCP is appealing to the public, local and national goverment, PNP and AFP to help monitor the safety of the towers so that transmission services remain uninterrupted. The company also appeals to local community leaders to help identify the perpetrators of the bombings, and to negotiate with uncooperative landowners, to prevent longer power interruptions. (Beth Ladaga, NGCP)

CEPALCO Load Shedding Schedule for November 16-21, 2015

NOTICE to All CEPALCO Customers

Subject: Load Shedding Schedule for November 16-21, 2015

Due to Continuing Power Supply Shortage in Mindanao


Please see below the DAILY LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULE AND FEEDER GROUPINGS within the CEPALCO service area forNovember 16-21, 2015.


Again, actual switch off and switch on time may vary (but still within the announced time period) depending on the actual load curtailment levels set by NGCP on CEPALCO, which changes every hour. When load levels are within allocation, CEPALCO will not effect any interruption at all.







1. NHA Phase 3, Kauswagan towards Gaisano Warehouse.

2. Along Kauswagan Highway bounded from Toyota Service Center towards Westbound Terminal including former Ramcar and Magnolia area.

3. Greater portion of Barangay Bulua along National Highway and all of Barangay Iponan.



  1. Greater portion of the City Poblacion along  Hayes St. from Daumar St. up to Pabayo St.; S.Daumar St. up to corner JR. Borja St.; all of Mortola St.; portion of JR Borja St. from Mortola St. up to corner Velez St., including Aguinaldo St. up to corner Justo Ramonal St.,
  2. Along Corrales Ave. from Justo Ramonal  towards FICCO corner Fernandez St., including Yacapin St. towards corner Capistrano St.,
  3. Portions of T. Chaves St. from Corrales Ave. up to Tiano Bros. St. including portions of A.Velez St. from Hayes St.



  1. Portions of Camaman-an along JR Borja Extension from junction of Macajalar-JR Borja Extension up to Cronin Village including James Way Hatchery.
  2. Portions of Camaman-an near and including towards Manto to San Jose and St. Vianney Seminaries, greater portion of Camaman-an proper towards Bontong, Bolonsori up to Upper Camaman-an and Hayes Subdivision including Tipolohon and Alegria Hills Subdivision.
  3. All of Limketkai Commercial Center, including McDonalds, PNB and Allied Bank; including Discovery and Mallbery Hotels.
  4. Lapasan-Camaman-an road from Pimentel, Sta.Cruz towards LKKS-Natasha bldg. including Bagong Lipunan, Grand Caprice, Pearlmont and Conchita Hotels up to Cogon area of Yacapin St. side.
  5. Osmeña St. from corner C.M.Recto to Cogon up to corner Hayes St; JR Borja St. bounded by V.Roa and Rojas Sts.; portion of Limketkai drive from Osmeña St. to LKKS-Shell.
  6. Along CM Recto Ave. from China Bank and MUST up to Centrio including all of Osmeña Extension and Capitol University.



  1. Greater Part of Villanueva, from LKKS-Villa towards Villanueva Proper including the Barangays of Dayawan, Katipunan, Kalingagan and Villa-Looc including Banban





  1. Portion of Carmen along Yacal St. towards Lirio St., portion of Vamenta Blvd from Poldo’s Lechon towards RN Pelaez Blvd., Waling-waling St. up to GSIS area including Ferrabrel St., Mango St. and portion of Rosal St. and Marigold St..
  1. All of Kauswagan proper, Bonbon and Bayabas.
  2. Along Montalban St. from near Tiano Bros. St. towards Burgos St., del Pilar St. and Magsaysay St. including portions of Macahambus St. and Abellanosa St. from Burgos St..
  3. Portions of Antonio Luna St. in the Capitol side from corner Corrales Ave.; towards vicinities along Apolinar Velez St. up to corner Mabini St. including portion of: Macahambus St. from Apolinar Velez St. and Tiano Bros. St. from Macahambus St.



  1. Portions of Upper Carmen towards Dagong including SM CITY; PRYCE HOTEL; SPUM & SEARSOLIN.
  2. Portions of Carmen: along vicinities of Villarin St. towards portion of Canitoan-Pagatpat Road up to Landfill area; including St. Mary’s Academy (formerly Cathedral School of Technology), Golden Village, City Hospital-DOH Area, COWD reservoir and Seriña St. from Villarin St. down to Madonna and Child Hospital.
  3. Max Suniel St. from Villarin St. down towards portion of Mabolo St.; including Matilde Neri St., Dabatian St. and Cagayan de Oro College area; and; portion of Lirio St. area.
  4. Country Village Hotel.



  1. From Suy Sing Warehouse-Umalag, Tablon down to Barangay Baloy, Cugman, Gusa, and greater portion of Lapasan highway up to corner Agora-Shell including Puregold and portion of corner Pimentel.
  2. Agora Market area including Gaabucayan Extension and portion of Lapasan particularly Sto. Nino and Tabaco.
  3. Malasag, FS Catanico, Upper Gusa and Indahag including Alegria Hills Office.
  4. Mitimco.





  1. Greater part of Patag including Calamansi Drive, Camp Evangelista, Apovel subdivision, Terry Hills subdivision and Anhawon, Bulua area.
  2. Along 6th Division Road from Calamansi Drive up to Citi Hardware, Bulua near DPWH Depot.
  3. NIA



  1. All of Barangay Macasandig from Tambo to Tibasak to Mandumol up to Taguanao area including Solar Plant.
  2. Along 26th St., Nazareth from corner 15th St. towards 14th up to portion of Apollo St.
  3. Along Tomas Saco St. from Capt. Edrote St. towards Fernandez St. including St. Augustine Cathedral; including Fernhill St. up to 15th-26th St. Nazareth.
  4. Along Hayes St. from corner Velez St. towards City Hall area.
  5. Along the streets of Burgos St. and Capistrano St. bounded from Hayes St. up to corner Mabini St..
  6. Along T.Chavez St. from Burgos St. up to corner Tiano Bros. St.
  7. Along the streets of Rizal St., Tiano Bros. St., and Velez St. bounded from Hayes St. up to Pacana St.
  8. Along Pabayo St. bounded from Fernandez St. up to Pacana St.
  9. San Agustin St., Gaerlan St.,Abejuela St., Tirso Neri St., Cruz Taal St. Gomez St. and Pacana St..
  10. Along JR Borja St. bounded from Pabayo St. towards Burgos St.
  11. Along Mabini St. from Velez St. up to Burgos St.



  1. Portion of Natumulan old road from El Mundo down to Casinglot, Tagoloan
  2. All the Barangays of Bugo, Puerto, Upper Puerto to Alae area, Tin-ao, Agusan and Balubal area, Tablon, up to Nestle including Sapong and Palalan.
  3. Firstgen, Menzi-Agri and DMPI-Manolo.



  1. Along Hayes St. from Camaman-an Fatima Chapel towards Capt. Vicente Roa St. up to corner Justo Ramonal Ext., including Pinikitan, Adela, Balangiao area, Quirino St. and Yacapin Ext..
  2. Along J. Ramonal Ext. from Sto. Niño, Cogon towards V.Roa St. and  R. Chavez St. up to Corrales Ave. towards corner A.Luna St.; D. Velez St., JR Borja Sts between V. Roa St. up to PNB/Everbest including Daumar  Sts. to Yacapin Ext. up to Doña Nieves St.
  3. Nazareth Subd. and Ramonal Village. From Hayes-12th Sts towards 12th -21st Sts.; along 21st  from 12th St. to T.Saco-6th Sts. up to corner 21st – 2nd Sts.
  4. Along 21st St., Nazareth from corner 27th St. towards 20th,15th  up to  14th St. including Asian Crystal Compound.
  5. Along 14th St., Nazareth from corner 10th St. towards 11th, 12th, 13th, 23rd, 21st up to 26th St including Xavier University Grade School.
  6. Along 15th St. Nazareth from corner 9th St. towards 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 23rd, 24th, 21st up to 26th St. including Barangay Hall,Tennis court and Gym.
  7. Along 16th St., Nazareth from corner 9th St. towards 10th up to 11th St.



  1. From Villa Mila Subd.,Villanueva towards all of Jasaan Municipality up to Green Waters.





  1. NHA Phase 1 and Phase 2, Kauswagan towards Buara and drainage area.
  2. Capisnon area along San Pedro St. from Manila Broadcasting Radio Station towards Las Pedras St. including San Lucas St.
  3. All of RER Subdivision Phases I & 2 including Dolores compound;
  4. Along Kauswagan Highway bounded from Molawan St. towards Kauswagan Savemore;
  5. All of Barangay Consolacion.
  6. Medical Center area along and bounded by Capistrano St., Echem St. up to corner Akut St., A.Velez St., and Recto Ave.(UCCP side) including Licuan-Shell and Sacred Heart School.
  7. Portion of A.Luna St. in former LTO office towards all of Mabulay Subdivision and V.Roa St. including portion of the Provincial Capitol and Provincial Hospital Area.
  8. Corrales Ext. from Gaisano Mall towards most of PPA area.
  9. Pacana St. from Recto Avenue towards all of Macabalan area.



  1. Greater portion of Carmen proper along Lirio St. from Trinity Tree St. towards Oak St., Max Suniel St., Vamenta Blvd. up to corner Jasmin St. including Waterlily St. and Carmen Market area.
  2. Along Mabolo St. from Lirio St. towards corner Rosal St. including portion of Marigold St. from Mabolo St..
  3. Portion of Carmen: vicinities along Vamenta Blvd. from Fernandez St. towards greater part of Ilaya including: portions of Ipil St. and Mahogany St. from Fernandez St.; Seriña St. from COA towards Gumamela Ext.St., Guani Coliseum and Maharlika Police Station.
  4. All of Macanhan, Carmen towards all of Lower Balulang.



  1. Portion of Natumulan, greater Tagoloan proper, all the Barangays of Baluarte, Pulot, Sugbongcogon, and Gracia, Tagoloan, PACCU/Vicmar area.
  2. From back of Tagoloan Convent including St. Mary’s School to Siayon, Tagoloan.
  3. All the Barangays of Sta. Cruz, Mohon, Sta. Ana and Sto. Rosario.
  4. Centro San Martin, Villanueva up to Solane including Kirahon Resettlement area.



  1. Portion of Upper Carmen, Upper Balulang and all of Brgy. Lumbia including; PNR Sawmill, Shop and transmitter; Pueblo de Oro, Camella Homes, Xavier Estates, Xavier Heights, Xavier High School, Golden Glow Village, Golden Glow North 1 & 2, Hillsborough, Philam Life, Morning Mist, all of Gran Europa including Portico, La Mirande, Lissandra, La Buena Vida, Frontiera and Montana, Vista Grande & Vista Verde Subdivisions.
  2. Lumbia Airport & Rio Verde.
  3. Along West Diversion road from crossing PN Roa Road down up to Silver Creek Subdivision.


We hope all CEPALCO customers & the public in general will be guided by this announcement.


With the continuing power shortage in Mindanao, CEPALCO enjoins everyone to CONSERVE ELECTRICITY! Thank you.


Released by:  


Marilyn A. Chavez

Senior Manager

Customer & Community Relations Dept.