DOE, NGCP assure no power outage on poll day

BAGUIO CITY –- There is adequate power reserve for the Luzon grid and sufficient power supply is assured during the week of the May 9 polls.

Since a smooth election is everyone’s concern, an uninterrupted power supply is necessary, Department of Energy (DOE) Luzon Field Director Efren Balaoing said during a multi-sectoral briefing on election contingency plans for the Cordillera Region conducted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

To ensure and secure the uninterrupted delivery of power during the elections, NGCP Media Relations Officer Lilibeth Gaydowen assured the readiness of its facilities is guaranteed, including the deployment of a line crew in far-flung areas of the Cordillera Region, every 100 circuit kilometer.

The Office of Civil Defense Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR), committed generator sets in case of unexpected power outage during the elections.

Police Sr. Supt. Donato Bacquian, Deputy Director for Operations of the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-Cor), assured a well-represented Joint Peace and Security Council (JPSC) in the region.

Bacquian said quick reaction teams will be available for security measures.

Grace Rimando, Information Officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government Cordillera Regional Office (DILG-CAR) said DILG representatives will be visible in every precinct to assist and report any incident.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cordillera Regional Director Edelwino Tabilas cited Comelec Resolution No. 10067 in reference to the agency’s deputization duties and functions.

Tabilas said the punishment for such offense is a maximum prison term of six years with no probation. Merriam del Rosario(Stringer)/PNA/