Another maintenance work turns power off in Bukidnon’s 6 northern towns

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/17 Sept.) The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced that six of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities will experience a nine-hour power interruption Sunday.

In an advisory emailed by the NGCP Corporate Affairs Department this week, they cited that power interruption will be experienced from 8 to 5p.m. in the towns of Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Libona, Sumilao, Baungon and Impasug-ong, all in Northern Bukidnon.Power will also be out in Cagayan de Oro in areas served by CEPALCO Metering Point #3.

“This is to facilitate annual preventive maintenance of the 100 MVA transformer # 2 at Tagoloan S/S and its associated high voltage equipment,” said the press release emailed by Elizabeth Ladaga.
Last week, it was Central Bukidnon’s turn to experience a 12-hour power interruption.

Most power consumers in the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and the towns of Cabanglasan, Lantapan, and San Fernando, suffered brownout for almost half a day on Sept. 13, nine of it due to a maintenance operation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The interruption affected portions of the coverage areas of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco) and the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco).

According to an NGCP advisory, as quoted by Leonard Leyros, Buseco public relation officer on Sept.1, they have scheduled power interruption last Saturday from 8:30a.m. to 6p.m. to  “effect transmission line work to replace steel poles” in the Maramag to Aglayan 69kv line.

In an SMS sent Saturday evening, Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP corporate communications officer, power interruption was scheduled to facilitate replacement of light weight towers to steel poles.

Power was restored by past 8:30p.m, after it tripped off twice. From Malaybalay City, power first went on by 7:04p.m. but tripped off 12 minutes later. By 7:16p.m, it came back for a few minutes only to be out again.

Leyros said when power was restored as scheduled, another brown out occurred minutes after because a portion of the primary line got grounded when it touched a portion of the neural line along Magsaysay Street.

In another text message in response to a query, Buseco explained that someone cut bamboo poles during the brown out and did not report that it hit the primary line. Neighbors reported the incident to Buseco. (Bukidnon News)



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