NGCP supports gov’t on National Broadband Plan

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   2996

MANILA  — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) supports the government’s plan relative to the National Broadband Plan.

This was clarified by the NGCP relative to the allegations from the National Transmission Corporation.

Transco says the NGCP entered a business in the telecommunication sector without asking permission from TransCo.

Based on the concession agreement, the NGCP should have notified TransCo about the business transaction.

““Hindi naman namin sinabing bawal ang sinasabi namin magpaalam kayo dapat alam namin, bakit? this is our mandate for the protection of the Filipino consumer, why? Because any income from any related businesses under the EPIRA law should go to the savings to lower down electricity rates,” TransCo President Atty. Melvin Matibag said.

(We are not saying that it’s prohibited. What we are saying is, you must ask permission from us. Why? Because this is our mandate for the protection of the Filipino consumers. Why? Because any income from any related businesses under the Epira Law should go to the savings to lower down electricity rates.)

NGCP argues that they are not violating anything because based on concession agreement it has the right to conduct business involving transmission, telecommunication included.

“Kailangan namin humingi ng pahintulot pero may exemption sa mga activities na hingan ng prior consent ay yung number 1 activities required and permitted under this agreement which is the transmission business or under taken in connection with any related business,” NGCP Spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said.

(We need to ask permission but there is an exemption to the activities that need prior consent. Number one is, activities required and permitted under this agreement which is the transmission business or under taken in connection with any related business.)

NGCP insists it has no agreement with any telecom companies, and it does not does not gain any profit from the fiber optics.

Next week, TransCo will present to President Rodrigo Duterte its complaint against the NGCP.

TransCo also has asked the congress to study whether to cancel NGCP’s franchise.

On the other hand, the NGCP is prepared to answer any accusations against the corporation.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

ERC orders implementation of relaxed payment of electric bills

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has directed distribution companies to give their customers in areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette ample time in settling their electric bills.

This is to help the typhoon victims recover from the effects of Odette’s devastation.

ERC Commissioner Floresinda Baldo-Digal said this includes relaxing disconnection notices to those who may not be able to pay on time at least within the next two months.

“Makakasama na ‘yan diyan yung hindi muna sila magdi-disconnect agad-agad dahil hindi mababayaran yung bayarin ngayong Disyembre at hanggang Enero,” Digal said.

“So, sa pag-iimplementa, sila na ang maaaring magbigay ng detalye niyan sa kanilang consumer. Pero basically that will be relaxation of the disconnection policy and at the same time, yung payment na hindi mababayaran on time, bayaran in a later time without penalty and interest,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Energy is expecting that more areas in the ravaged regions will be energized over the weekend.

Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said over 1,400 personnel from the power sector have been deployed in various parts of the typhoon-hit areas for restoration efforts.

“Magkakaroon sila ng energization doon through island operation utilizing internal yung mga embedded power generators doon by December 31,” he said.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said they have restored 82% of the affected transmission lines.

However, restoring the lines in Bohol remains a challenge as two special towers interconnecting the province and Leyte were toppled.

Randy Galang, head of the NGCP Engineering Project Management Department, explained that the bulk of the generation supply in Bohol comes from the main grid in the Leyte area.

“Right now, ongoing po yung pag-aaral kung ano ang pinakamahusay na paraan para mapalitan itong mga towers na ‘to at makumpuni natin yung transmission service ng NGCP,” Galang said.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) also reported that over 1 million of the 3 million affected households from downed electric cooperatives have been energized.

“As we speak, we have energized some little more than 1.01 million, so it’s about 30%. And we have a remaining of around 2.5 million to be energized as far as households are concerned,” said Butch Silvano of NEA’s Total Electrification and Renewable Energy Development Department.

The NGCP, meanwhile, said 17 transmission lines in five areas that were heavily battered by Typhoon Odette are still for restoration. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

NGCP eyes restoring power in Odette-hit areas in Mindanao on Dec. 25

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Power transmission services in some areas in the Visayas hit by Typhoon Odette have been restored, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday.

In an advisory, the NGCP said the provinces of Cebu, Samar, and Leyte have been energized following the implementation of an alternative power restoration scheme.

The said areas experienced outages following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

As of 5:00 p.m. of December 19, the NGCP said that a total of 12 towers and 462 transmission structures were found damaged by the typhoon.

The assessment and restoration of the damaged power lines in other parts of the Visayas is still ongoing.

“Three 138kV backbone lines in Cebu are set for energization on December 21 and 22, while the 138kV backbone line serving Leyte is targeted for restoration today, December 20,” the NGCP said.

“Restoration of these backbone lines will provide the interim power restoration highway in the said provinces,” it added.

The NGCP also targets the restoration of power in the following areas:

• Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte (ASELCO and ANECO) – December 20

• Surigao del Norte (including Siargao Island) and Surigao del Sur (SURNECO, SIARELCO, SURSECO II) – December 25

The agency said it has so far restored transmission services to the provinces of Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Biliran, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

For other affected areas, the NGCP said it will be releasing an updated restoration schedule once the assessment of damage is completed.

“We also appeal for the cooperation of all landowners in the ongoing restoration activities. Line personnel working on the Kabankalan-Sipalay 69kV Line serving NOCECO in Negros Occidental are being hampered from repairing broken and leaning poles by a landowner barring access to his property,” it added.

NGCP tower in Lanao del Sur town bombed

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

A transmission line segment in Maguing town in Lanao del Sur was bombed by still unidentified perpetrators, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Thursday.

“NGCP’s Tower #65 of the Agus 2-Kibawe 138kV line in Maguing, Lanao del Sur was bombed today, December 2,” the agency said in a statement.

“Repair of tower 65 will commence as soon as the area is secured,” it added.

The NGCP said this transmission line segment has been “unenergized since September 2021 due to sabotage of its insulators by still unknown individuals.”

The NGCP appealed to the local and national government, local community leaders, and the public, to help identify the perpetrators of the bombings.

The company stressed that “the bombings only serve to increase the burden of the public, which must suffer through service interruptions when towers are bombed.”

It also asked for help from local authorities in negotiating with “uncooperative landowners” to prevent longer power interruptions.

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