NGCP: Luzon grid on yellow alert for 3 hours

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2019   •   1100

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MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Monday (May 6) placed the Luzon grid on yellow alert for three hours.

In an advisory posted on its social media accounts, the NGCP said the yellow alert notice would be raised from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

“Details on the cause to be announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) later in the day,” the agency added.

The NGCP issues a yellow alert notice on Luzon grid when power reserves are lower than the power supply demand.

The grid’s available capacity is 11,814 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 10,865MW.

Meanwhile, the NGCP assured that its power transmission services are still normal despite the magnitude 5.4 quake that jolted parts of Ilocos Norte on Monday (May 6) morning.

READ: Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts parts of Ilocos Norte

“Power transmission services of NGCP remain normal despite the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte at 10:48AM, today, 6 May 2019,” the agency said.

Power transmission services of NGCP remain normal despite the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Pagudpud,…

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No damage in power facilities and power interruptions were reported in Ilocos Norte and neighboring areas following the temblor.

“The Luzon grid remains intact as there are no reports of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in Ilocos Norte and nearby areas where the earthquake was felt,” it added.

Experts urge use of energy efficient appliances as power rate hike looms

Marje Pelayo   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the looming increase in electricity charges, Energy officials are encouraging the public to use energy efficient appliances to conserve electricity.

“So we become more efficient, power becomes more affordable, the demand for power decreases, the impact that it has on the environment also will become better,” noted Assistant Secretary Engr. Redentor Delola of the Department of Energy.

Meanwhile, experts advise consumers to carefully consult for product safety before purchasing any appliance.

“Hinihikayat namin ang mga kababayan natin na bago sila magtayo o bumili ng kahit ano na naaayon sa electrical engineering, kailangan nilang komonsulta sa tamang propresyon, mga electrical engineers,” said former national president of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE), Engr. Arthur Escalante.

The Duterte administration supports efforts to promote energy efficiency.

Just this year, Republic Act 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act was approved.

Under the law, all government agencies are ordered to observe efficient use of electricity in all of their facilities and projects.

Meanwhile, inspirations from some energy efficient technology can be viewed at the 44th IIEE Annual National Convention and Expo 2019 happening at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City which runs until Saturday (November 30). – MNP (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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)

Patients stay in gym after magnitude 5.9 earthquake damages hospital in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2019

BUKIDNON, Philippines — Around 20 patients of Simbulan Hospital remain in a gymnasium in the municipality of Don Carlos because cracks from Monday’s (November 18) magnitude 5.9 earthquake has posed threats to their safety.

According to Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico, the gymnasium is the safest for the patients based on the structural assessment of the local government unit (LGU).

“Prior to evacuation, this has already been pointed as an evacuation area it was already assessed,” Kotico said.

Patients were ill at ease due to fear that the hospital walls might collapse at any moment.

“Kasi gumagalaw na talaga ang dingding (The walls were moving ),” observed Boy Palingcod whose sibling is a patient at Simbulan Hospital.

The Bukidnon Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is doing rounds in other areas hit by the earthquake to assess the damages.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Likewise, join the assessment to address the needs of the affected residents. MNP (with details from Weng Fernandez)

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