Surigao Norte residents brace for 12-hour power outage Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 January) — Residents in Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur are bracing for a 12-hour power outage Sunday (January 28) due to maintenance work.

The power outage is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This has been a monthly predicament for power consumers in the area.

In an advisory, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the three local power distributors in Surigao del Norte and one in Surigao del Sur will have no power supply due to maintenance work on the transmission firm’s equipment.

“We are going to facilitate upgrading work at the Butuan-Placer 138kv line,” the NGCP advisory said.

Engr. Sergio Dagooc, general manager of Siargao Island Electric Cooperative (Siarelco), said the outage will affect the island as they are using the same transmission lines as the rest of Surigao del Norte in the mainland.

Engr. Narcisco Caliao Jr., general manager of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco), said the outage will affect their entire franchise area covering Surigao City and 11 towns of Surigao del Norte.

Mae Roselle L. Curiano ,spokesperson of NGCP in the Caraga Region, said Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II, which is servicing the municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza and Cortes, will also experience the blackout.

“NGCP will exert all efforts to restore the line earlier or as scheduled,” she added.

For years, residents have been experiencing long power outages almost every month due to maintenance work.

Consumers of Dinagat Island Electric Cooperative will be spared from the blackout since it belongs to a small power utility group and is not connected to the main grid of the NGCP.  (Roel Catoto / MindaNews)