NGCP decries sabotage on power transmission lines in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The National Power Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCCP) on Friday decried the “act of sabotage” inflicted on power lines in Lanao Del Norte.

Beth Ladaga, NGCP’s spokesperson, said that unidentified individuals deliberately lobbed a tree branch tied with rope at the NGCP’s in the village of Adapun Ali, in Baloi, Lanao Del Norte last Wednesday.

The incident resulted in the power trip-off of the Baloi-Agus 2, 138 Kilo Volt transmission Line 1 that provides 82 megawatts of power to the Mindanao grid, Ladaga said.

She said that efforts to immediately clear the line of the obstruction was delayed as the landowner, Abner Sulog, initially refused NGCP entry to the transmission line corridor.

Two weeks ago, the Baloi-Agus 2 line was similarly sabotaged when unknown persons erected a bamboo pole within the NGCP’s right-of-way corridor that also resulted in the tripping of the power transmission Line 2, Ladaga said.

NGCP’s Baloi-Agus 2 138kV Line connects Agus 1 and 2 hydro power plants to the Balo-i Substation, which serves as the hub of power from the Agus Hydro Complex in North Mindanao.

Ladaga said that the Agus Hydro Complex supplies grid users all over the island, including the largest consumers of power, southern urban centers Davao City and General Santos City.

Another line, the Agus 2-Kibawe 138kV line, which delivers power from Agus 1 and 2 hydro facilities to the rest of the Mindanao grid, remains dead since May 3, 2016, after unidentified perpetrators bombed one of its towers.

The NGCP could not repair the bombed tower because of an ongoing case against the Sambitory family, the land claimants, who refused NGCP’s line personnel entry to the property to repair Tower 25.

Ladaga said that the company has petitioned for a Temporary Restraining Order against the family, with the hearing set on August 10, 2016.

She said that the NGCP has appealed to the national and local governments, community leaders, and the general public secure the NGCP’s transmission right-of-way so that maintenance and continuous power supply in the Mindanao grid remains unhampered. PNA/