CATBALOGAN CITY — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) commits on Friday (January 25) that the country’s power grid will remain reliable and stable during the upcoming May elections.
Few days ago, the Department of Energy (DOE) created a Power Task Force intended to secure the country’s power supply for the mid-term elections. Together with other energy agencies, NGCP is also a member of the said task force.
Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson said the NGCP also formed a task force that will commence operation as early as February 2013 and will work 24/7 from May 10 to 17, 2013, covering the date of the election which is May 13.
Alabanza said part of the NGCP task force’s mandate is to secure the lines and substations from any threats to avoid unplanned outages and to guarantee interrupted power supply.
“Of course, NGCP can only guarantee that there will be no transmission related interruptions. Any power interruption caused by other factors, such as generation deficiencies, or those pertaining to distribution utility operations, are beyond our control,” she stressed.
As this developed, the NGCP also announced that the expansion projects in Cebu, Ormoc Leyte and Negros Occidental is near to its completion. This installation of new transformers in said areas amounting to Php349.07M started in April 2011 and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.
“We will make sure that power delivery is excellent and transmission lines and equipment are at their best to ensure that we have electricity for the voting machines,” Alabanza assured.
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 and towers, substations and related assets.