NGCP looks into sudden power outage in Zamboanga Peninsula

admin   •   May 4, 2017   •   3897

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The entire Zamboanga Peninsula and nearby areas lost electricity for almost an hour Thursday morning.

Misamis Oriental and Lanao were among the areas affected by the power interruption.

Electricity in the affected areas was restored at nine in the morning, but remained unstable.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) explained that an outage occurred in the line of Agus 5-Aurora and Baloi-Aurora.

However, the cause of the incident remains unclear.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) assures that it has a 16 megawatt gensets on standby that can be used in case of another power outage.

“The cause is yet to be forwarded to us so we are waiting for the cause which has started at 8:43 a.m. and they restored delivery of power at 9:27 a.m,” ZAMCELCO manager Engr. Edgardo Ancheta said. – UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte honors hero cop in Misamis school blast

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte posthumously awards the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag to the late Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno as he visits the wake in Initao, Misamis Oriental on December 5, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday honored the policeman who died while shielding others from a grenade blast at a school in Misamis Oriental last week.

During a wake visit, Duterte posthumously conferred to Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag and the Philippine National Police Medal of Valor.

The President also presented the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to the family of Magno. His family was also given financial assistance.

The Philippine National Police Medal of Valor is the highest PNP award recognizing police personnel who has performed “a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty so conspicuously as to distinguish him above his comrades.”

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kalasag, is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

Magno died on Nov. 28 after he and his partner, Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, responded to complaints of a man causing trouble inside a school in Initao town.

The man, identified as 65-year old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, was carrying a hand grenade while walking around the school.

Basher threw the grenade when he was confronted by police officers.

Magno then dropped down and covered the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilians around, while his partner, shot the suspect resulting in his death.

Balido and some 10 students were injured in the incident.

Balido received the Order of Lapu Lapu, Rank of Kampilan from the President, along with some financial assistance from the government.

The Order of Lapu Lapu, Kampilan Medal is bestowed upon individuals who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a result of their participation in activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

Cop killed, 11 injured in Misamis Oriental College blast

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A police officer was killed while another cop and 10 others were injured in a grenade blast inside Initao College in Initao, Misamis Oriental before noon Thursday.

Latest police report identified the fatality as Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno.

Another officer, identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, and 10 students were injured in the blast.

Initial police report showed that Magno and Balido responded to the scene following a report about a man causing trouble in the school.

During confrontation with the police, the suspect threw a grenade which prompted Magno to shield others from the explosion.

Magno’s fellow officer, Balido, shot the suspect resulting in his death.

Balido along with 10 injured students were rushed to the hospital.

Authorities identified the suspect as Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, 65 and a resident of Madamba, Lanao Del Sur.

Investigation on the incident is underway.

Security audit of PH power facilities sought in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday called on her colleagues to investigate the country’s power transmission sector amid concerns on foreign access and control over the power grid system.

Hontiveros saidshe has filed Senate Resolution No. 223 to seek for a legislative inquiry and national security audit of operations and facilities of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) following reports that China could control and remotely shut down the country’s transmission network.

NGCP, the country’s power transmission service provider is 40% owned by the State Grid Corporation of China.

“We need to know for certain if our energy systems and infrastructure fully remain under Filipino control, and if we have implemented the technical safeguards needed to prevent foreign interference in or sabotage of our national electricity grid,” Hontiveros said in a statement.

In her resolution, Hontiveros proposed lawmakers to “review and evaluate the performance of the NGCP,” as well as investigate reports that China may control and remotely shut down the country’s power transmission system.

She pointed to information on ‘foreign executives’ connected with the NGCP who have been hiring and deploying foreign drivers and engineers, in violation of Section 11, Article XII of the 1987 Constitution – which requires executive and managing officers of public utilities like NGCP to be Filipino citizens – and the Anti-Dummy Law.

Reports also claim that only Chinese engineers have been able to troubleshoot, operate and control the NGCP’s power transmission facilities “because of the currently-installed information and communication technology for the automatic and remote monitoring and control of said facilities.”

She also noted reports claiming that only Chinese engineers have been able to troubleshoot, operate and control the NGCP’s power transmission facilities “because of the currently-installed information and communication technology for the automatic and remote monitoring and control of said facilities.”

“If these reports are true, these vulnerabilities pose a grave risk to public infrastructure, to national security, and to the daily lives of our people. We must address and correct these flaws immediately,” Hontiveros said.

The NGCP, however, dismissed Hontiveros’ apprehensions, and assured that Filipinos are in control of the country’s power transmission facilities.

The NGCP, which was created in 2009, is owned by a consortium of 3 corporations, namely, the State Grid Corporation of China, and Monte Oro Grid Resources Corporation and Calaca High Power Corporation, both from Philippines and hold the remaining 60 percent stake.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for its part, said the matter is within the purview of the National Power Corporation, and the NGCP which is privy to the provisions and necessary safeguards in place in the contract.

However, the AFP assured it will be discussing the security aspect of the issue with concerned agencies, and participate on matters relevant to its competency.

“We submit that Congress is well within its powers to conduct an inquiry if it so desires given its oversight and legislative functions,” AFP Spokesperson Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo added in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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