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.

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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)

NGCP conducts relief operation to flood affected families in CDO

A total of 300 families in barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City received basic goods from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on 20 January 2017, as assistance after hit by the biggest urban flooding in the city on 16 January 2017.

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The rise of the water was caused by the combined two weather systems particularly Low Pressure Area (LPA) and Tail End of the Cold Front which brought heavy rains in Cagayan de Oro city.

Not only have homes soaked in the flood water but has damaged properties including cars and electronic equipment. Further, it has caused havoc since numerous students and employees were trapped for hours in their schools and work spaces because of the flood.

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According to NGCP representative Mae Lopez Curiano, they have selected barangay Carmen since this is their host community. This is where the NGCP Mindanao Control Center is located currently. She said however, they were not spared of the flooding since they were also trapped that afternoon until late in the evening when the water rose.

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Meanwhile, Rosemarie F. Bermoy, an employee of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), was among those 300 families that were affected by the flood and received goods from NGCP. She recounted that water rose so fast that they could not have prevented their things to get soaked. She said flood in the main road were up to waist high. It would have been impossible to get out or save their things.

The content of the bucket of goods that NGCP provided included first aid kit, t-shirt, flashlight, slippers, toothpaste, spoon and fork, disposable cups, shampoo, canned goods, rice, sanitary pad, blanket, water, toothbrush, underwear and power energy drink.

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Meanwhile, the incident has moved the city council of Cagayan de Oro to declare the city under state of calamity. (JMOR/PIA10)

NGCP pushes for law to ease transmission project constraints

Power grid operator, NGCP, reiterates its support for the passage of the “Anti-Power Line Disturbance Act”, which will criminalize the deliberate planting of trees, and the construction of any structure within the right-of-way (ROW) clearances of power lines across the country.

 

NGCP is hopeful that the 17th Congress, which convened last July, will refile the bill originally proposed in the previous Congress by House Representatives. The company aims to get the support of the present House Committee on Energy chaired by Cong. Lord Allan Velasco of Marinduque and the Senate Committee on Energy led by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, in pushing for the enactment of the said bill.

 

The “Act prohibiting the planting of plants and trees, and the construction of any structure under or within the right-of-way clearance of all power transmission and distribution lines and providing penalties for violation thereof” will authorize private grid-operator NGCP, distribution utilities, and electric cooperatives to immediately cut or prune trees, and remove any obstruction to power line.

 

The law, when enacted, is expected to eliminate substantial delays in NGCP’s project construction and regular maintenance activities, particularly with uncooperative landowners and claimants who maliciously plant trees and build structures within the ROW clearance, and demand exorbitant amounts before allowing NGCP access to the property.

 

“Support in the form of legislation will ultimately be for the benefit of power consumers. The issue on settling ROW cases has delayed both current and new projects of NGCP. It is also a recurring and worsening issue, especially in Mindanao and North Luzon. With the Act, we can expedite the process and improve our turn-around time. The sooner we can complete our projects and maintain our lines, the sooner we can provide secure and reliable power transmission services to the people. We are appealing for the support of our Congress and Senate Committees on Energy by refiling the bill and pushing for its expedited enactment into law,” stated NGCP.

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NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.

NGCP, MTRCB ink deal to intensify transmission line safety campaign

NGCP, the operator of the country’s power transmission network, and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) joined forces to affirm their partnership in disseminating the grid operator’s advocacy on transmission line safety and protection, and guarding against right-of-way (ROW) violations.

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The partnership was formalized last 16 June through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies, with NGCP represented by Board Director and Chief Administrative Officer Anthony L. Almeda, and MTRCB by Chairman Eugenio H. Villareal.

 

In the MOU, both companies committed to “protect the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being of the youth and other vulnerable sectors, inculcating patriotism and nationalism, and encouraging their involvement in public and civic affairs,” including safety, anti-pilferage and right-of-way of the nationwide transmission assets.

 

As NGCP expands its safety and ROW information campaign, it tapped MTRCB to help them reach wider audiences by showing their safety and anti-pilferage public service videos in movie theaters.

 

MTRCB, being the entity that supervises and regulates the public exhibition of motion pictures, television programs, and publicity materials, was more than willing to help NGCP by “making available relevant expert information and other resources, to enable NGCP to mobilize the dissemination of its line safety campaign material to local theater operators.”

 

The grid operator expressed its appreciation to MTRCB stating that the partnership between NGCP and MTRCB is “a strategic cooperation between the public and private sector will further advance the advocacies of NGCP, particularly on spreading awareness on transmission line safety, anti-pilferage, and right-of-way issues.”

 

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner. (NGCP)

 

NGCP seeks permit for clearing of planted trees along critical lines

Power grid operator NGCP reiterates its plea for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue a blanket authority and special permit to prune/trim or cut intentionally and maliciously planted trees along transmission line corridors.

 

The blanket authority, if issued, will support and help expedite NGCP’s efforts in clearing deliberately planted trees underneath transmission lines which cause line outages and power interruptions.

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To date, the DENR already issued Tree Cutting Permit No. R10-TCP-14-07-10122016 authorizing the cutting of trees along the Agus 2- Baloi 138kV line, traversing the municipalities of Pantar and Balo-I, Lanao del Norte. However, this covers only one out of eight lines in Mindanao identified as critical because of ROW issues.

 

The seven other lines identified as critical are: Agus 2 – Kibawe 138kV Lines, Agus 1 – Agus 2 138kV Line, Baloi – Agus 6 138kV Lines, Baloi – Agus 6 69kV Line, Baloi – Tagoloan 138kV Lines, Baloi – IDPP 138kV Line, and Baloi –Aurora 138kV Lines.

 

Permits are likewise needed for the 83 transmission lines in 79 municipalities throughout the country that remain vulnerable to transmission related power interruptions. Uncooperative land claimants refuse our line personnel access to the properties for the conduct of clearing and maintenance activities.

 

“Any and all forms of government support to address violations of line safety clearances, particularly maliciously planted trees, will facilitate the efficient delivery of power transmission services to our customers in Mindanao and the rest of the country,” stated NGCP.

 

To prevent longer power interruptions, NGCP continues to appeal to the local community and its leaders to help identify the perpetrators of tower bombings, and to negotiate with uncooperative claimants who deliberately and maliciously plant trees underneath transmission lines.

 

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner. (Beth A. Ladaga/NGCP/PIA-10 LDN)

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Agus 1, 2 hydro facilities back online

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) completed on March 14, the repair of Tower 25 along its Agus 2-Kibawe 138kV line in Lanao del Sur.

 

The facility became inoperational December 24 of last year after it was bombed and toppled by still unidentified lawless elements. Repair and restoration was hampered by the refusal of claimants belonging to the Sambitory family to allow NGCP access to the tower site.

 

Restoration of the facility allows the grid operator to transmit the electricity produced by state-owned Agus 1 and Agus 2 hydro power plants, with a combined installed capacity of 260MW, to the rest of the Mindanao grid.

 

The restoration of Tower 25 started on March 5 after the court granted a Temporary Restraining Order in favor of NGCP against the Sambitorys.

 

“We are very pleased with this development. We have been poised and ready to restore the facility as soon as it was toppled. All we needed was access to the property. With the court issued injuncion, we were given legal cover to access the transmission facilities and begin restoration, ” the company explained.

 

In 2015, 19 transmission towers were targeted, resulting in 16 toppled or damaged facilities. NGCP has repeatedly warned the public that these bombings, together with the malicious planting of trees and vegetation underneath transmission lines, continue to aggravate the tenuous power supply situation in the region. The company stresses that the bombings only serve to further increase the burden of the public, which must suffer through service interruptions when towers are bombed.

 

NGCP appeals to the local community and its leaders to help identify the perpetrators of the bombings, and to negotiate with uncooperative claimants who maliciously plant trees and vegetation underneath transmission lines, to prevent longer power interruptions. (NGCP/APB/PIA-10)

Security forces keep close watch over transmission towers of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are keeping a close watch over National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) towers nationwide, a Palace official said on Sunday.

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“Patuloy na tinutulungan ng ating mga puwersang pangseguridad mula sa AFP at PNP ang NGCP sa pagbibigay ng seguridad sa mga transmission towers na ginagamit sa iba’t ibang lugar,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. when asked to comment on the recent bombing of an NGCP transmission tower in Aleosan, Cotabato.

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According to reports, unidentified bandits used two bombs made from a 60mm mortar in an attempt to destroy NGCP’s Tower 63 at Purok 4 in Barangay Pagangan last Thursday. The attack only damaged two of the tower’s four legs.

Coloma said President Aquino has instructed Energy Department Secretary Zenaida Monsada to meet with the interagency task force to determine the bombing incident as well as to discuss the right of way in places where NGCP towers are being installed in Mindanao.

“Pagkatapos magtungo ni Pangulong Aquino sa Davao upang magpasinaya ng additional electric power generating capacity, inatasan niya si DOE Secretary Zenaida Monsada na pulungin ang isang interagency task force para tukuyin hindi lamang ang mga insidenteng nabanggit kundi pati na rin ang mga usapin hinggil sa right of way doon sa pinagtatayuan ng mga NGCP transmission towers sa Mindanao,” said Coloma.

 

The Palace official said the DOE wants to improve the security of the transmission towers to prevent attacks from bandits.

“Kaya patuloy na tinatalakay ito ng interagency task force sa pamumuno ng DOE at tinutukoy nila kung paano ba higit na mapapahusay ang seguridad at mabawasan, kung hindi tuluyang mapigilan, ang mga insidenteng ito,” said Coloma.

He said the NGCP is also calling on the public to help the government in watching over the transmission lines.

“Sa ibang bahagi din naman ng ating bansa katulad sa Northern Luzon at Cordillera, ang NGCP doon ay nananawagan din sa mga mamamayan na makipagtulungan sa pamahalaan sa pagbabantay ng transmission lines laban sa mga gumagawa ng ligalig at pinagtutulungan din doon ng pulisya at ng militar ang seguridad ng mga transmission lines sa Cordillera region,” said Coloma.

Meanwhile, Coloma has assured that the government is continuously monitoring the power situation in the country, in anticipation of the El Nino weather phenomenon.

“Patuloy na tinututukan ito, mayroong continuous monitoring ng power situation. Pansinin din natin na kumpara doon sa mga naunang senaryo hinggil sa El Niño, nagkaroon naman ng karagdagang suplay ng tubig doon sa ating mga dam, at hindi naman umabot sa kritikal na level, ang mga ito, bagkus umapaw pa nga ang mga ito, kaya may mga plus or minus elements na rin na pumasok sa senaryo,” said Coloma.

“Patuloy na tinitiyak ng ating pamahalaan na hindi malalagay sa alanganin ang sitwasyon ng ating mga mamamayan. Ang mga contingency measures ay patuloy pa ring nire-review at fina-fine tune at tinitiyak na may sapat na kahandaan ang lahat kapag naganap ang mga senaryong patungkol sa El Niño,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

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