by Myrna Velasco, 22 August 2015
from Manila Bulletin
Visayas grid is also a problematic terrain for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) when it comes to right-of-way (ROW) and access concerns to its facilities – including a case involving repair of transmission lines in the area.
It pointed to one ‘uncooperative landowner’ being the major ‘delaying factor’ in the repair of the 69-kilovolt Sta. Barbara-Sibalom line that tripped last August 7.
The damage to the line, it was explained, was due to a “toppled structure in Barangay Mambog in Oton, Iloilo.”
While one portion of the line – the Santa Barbara-San Miguel section was immediately restored, the repair of the entire line had been hobbled for some time.
The transmission firm has emphasized that “despite negotiations and repeated pleas, the landowner did not immediately allow NGCP’s line personnel to enter his property.”
NGCP albeit relayed that “the landowner finally relented and let NGCP linemen in the property evening of August 8.”
Right-of-way and access to facilities have been a perennial problem to NGCP’s service operations as well as on its network improvement endeavors, and the lack of firm policy easing that typically renders the consumers part of the collateral damage in the process.