Damaged power towers in North Cot, Bukidnon repaired; power supply back to normal

He assured that their power transmission facilities have stabilized.

“(NGCP) appeals for public understanding on the recent spate of brownouts. We executed moves to put in place the necessary mechanisms to restore power supply the fastest way possible,” Abellanosa said.

The NGCP earlier implemented power service cuts in the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato and the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat as a result of the bombing of its tower No. 142 in Kabacan, North Cotabato last March 16 and the toppling of structures in Bukidnon last March 20 due to bad weather.

The company earlier said the bomb explosion in Malabuaya in Kabacan town caused a trip-off in two 138-kilovolt power transmission lines – the Kibawe-Tacurong and Kibawe-Nuling – that feed power to Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces.

The attack reportedly cost the firm at least P3 million and authorities blamed it on alleged rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels operating in the area.

The affected area covers NGCP’s district 6, which experienced three to eight-hour brownouts for several days due to reduced power transmission.

To facilitate the repairs, Abellanosa said they implemented load-shedding schemes last March 16 in areas served by the South Cotabato Electric Cooperative-I, Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Maguindanao Electric Cooperative and Cotabato Light and Power Company, Inc.

He said the four electric cooperatives are served by NGCP’s Tacurong and Nuling sub-stations.
Abellanosa they further expanded the curtailment last March 21 in areas served by the South Cotabato Electric Cooperative-II. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)