Mindanao LGUs condemn NGCP tower bombings

by Lenie LecturaJune 3, 2016

from Business Mirror

Various cities in Mindanao have unanimously declared their support for a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental, condemning the spate of National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) tower bombings, and urging the government to employ measures to ensure adequate power supply.

Representatives of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the cities of Dapitan, Oroquieta, Zamboanga, Cotabato and Malaybalay issued resolutions acknowledging the detrimental effect of tower bombings, particularly that of Tower 25 in Ramain, Lanao del Sur, which isolated the Agus hydroplants from the grid, to the already-vulnerable socioeconomic and peace-and- order situation of Mindanao.

“NGCP welcomes the support of our partner local government units [LGUs] to ensure the safety of our lines. We are confident that this is only the beginning of a strong partnership between NGCP and the government and its agencies in finally putting a stop to tower bombings, and allow the safe and reliable delivery of power to the people of Mindanao,” NGCP said.

Resolution 09-2016 was issued by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Misamis Oriental, entitled “A Resolution Strongly Condemning the Bombings of the Power Transmission Towers of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines in Mindanao and Urging the National Government to Take Urgent Action to Include the Declaration of A State of Emergency in the Affected Areas” and “Strongly Urging the Commission on Elections and the national government to take immediate action and employ proactive and significant measures to prevent the destruction and the collapse of the Mindanao power grid in light of the recent bombings of the transmission towers of the NGCP in order to secure the availability and continuous supply of electricity….”

Copies of the resolutions were forwarded to the offices of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, chairmen of the Committee on Energy of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Department of Energy, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the Commission on Elections. 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 Corp., led by Robert Coyiuto Jr.; and the State Grid Corp. of China as technical partner.