by Lenie Lectura – March 21, 2016
from Business Mirror
POWER in Dumaguete City was restored on Sunday, a day after the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that the Amlan-Siaton 69-kV (kilovolt) line suffered a disruption.
“NGCP energized the Amlan-Siaton 69-kV line, which suffered an interruption at 9:38 a.m., March 20, due to overgrown vegetation and the refusal by landowners to grant NGCP maintenance personnel access to the affected transmission facility,” said NGCP in a statement on Monday.
A writ of possession (WOP) was issued by the local court on Monday morning, giving NGCP possession of the property, and allowing NGCP linemen to conduct maintenance activities in the affected areas in Barangay Bagacay, Dumaguete City, and to energize the line.
The line was energized at 11 a.m., almost 26 hours after it first tripped.
“NGCP is pleased to report that with the expedient response of the local court in issuing the writ of possession, the assistance of the local government, and support from the National Police and the Armed Forces, delivery of power through NGCP’s Amlan-Siaton line has been restored to the residents of Dumaguete City, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Siaton,” stated the grid operator.
The NGCP said it could have restored the line hours ago had it was given access to the transmission facilities.
NGCP invoked Commission on Elections Resolution 10067, which authorizes the company, with the help of other government agencies, to clear its transmission lines.
“The resolution authorizes NGCP to conduct ROW [right-of-way] clearing in time for the May elections. We will implement the resolution if the landowner will continue to bar us from maintaining the line,” NGCP said.
The company also appealed to the local governments for help in negotiating with uncooperative landowners, to prevent such extended power interruptions.