Samar to experience more power outages
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar – The National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP) announced Monday, May 4, that there will be more scheduled power interruptions on Samar Island in 2015 as the firm continues its restoration and rehabilitation projects.
NGCP Regional Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Rosette B. Martinez said the scheduled power outages will be experienced to give way to the installation of almost 500 steel poles. This will affect power consumers in Samar, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar.
Martinez assured the public that the scheduled power interruptions will not be weekly and will also be coordinated with the electric cooperatives to synchronize the maintenance of their distribution lines with NGCP’s schedule.
The unannounced power shutdown experienced in Samar in the past weeks was due to the burned wooden structures caused by a grass fire, she explained.
More than 1,000 poles in the area were not yet fully replaced with steel poles and vulnerable to fire accidents, thus NGCP asked the public to refrain from burning grasses.
The transmission firm has already replaced more than 1,000 damaged structures in Leyte, Samar, and Cebu provinces. She said the projects will be finished before end-2015. – Rappler.com
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