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NGCP: All set for polls power supply contingency

IN preparation for securing power transmission operations and facilities for the May 9 elections, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said it would activate its command center from May 8 to 10.

The grid operator will issue advisories on the power situation every four hours, which may vary depending on the situation on the ground. Despite the declaration of May 9 as a special non-working day, NGCP’s critical units, particularly System Operations (SO) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M), will remain fully staffed and operational. Line crews, engineers, pilots, maintenance and testing, and other technical personnel are also strategically positioned in substations to respond to line trippings, if any. Administrative and other support teams will also remain on duty.

NGCP’s overall command center is already currently activated with personnel on duty from 8am to 5pm everyday, including holidays, monitoring grid disturbances and the overall power situation. Personnel manning the Regional and Area Control Centers, critical substations, and the quick-response team will be on 24-hour shifts, with twice the number of personnel on duty.

“Our Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other measures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities to be affected by emergencies during important national events. With its security and contingency preparations set, NGCP can ensure reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date,” said the company.

As early as February, NGCP’s Power Task Force Elections (PTFE), a special team formed to ensure the security and reliability of the transmission network across the country during the elections, had set out with preparatory activities.

NGCP’s own contingency plans are in place to monitor and immediately address any grid disturbance. With the help of Comelec and in coordination with AFP and PNP, NGCP has been conducting clearing operations on overgrown vegetation along critical transmission lines across the country. NGCP sought the assistance of these agencies especially for hard to reach areas and areas with security concerns.

Maintenance works and construction activities inside substations and within 300 meters of energized power lines will be suspended from May 2 to 6, while activities which require power interruptions will be suspended from April  24 to May 8, except in emergency cases. Corrective works, which may cause major grid disturbance, line inspection, and clearing are targeted to be completed before April 30.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders and Vice Chairman of the Board Henry Sy Jr. and Co-Vice Chairman Robert Coyiuto Jr. 

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