Zambo City suffers 6-hour power outage PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 September 2015 15:03

by Bhong Simbajon

The entire city of Zamboanga suffered on Thursday  almost six hours of power outage on Thursday  after the man line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)  tripped off for still unknown reason.

The NGCP line supplies electricity to Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco).

Zamcelco General Manager Engr. George Ledesma said the power interruption was sudden and unscheduled and Zamcelco officials themselves were caught unaware and uprepared for that incident.

“We apologize to the member-consumers for the abrupt total outage which was experienced unscheduled, it is beyond our control, but we have adopted remedial measures on it,” Ledesma said.

He revealed that Zamcelco immediately coordinated with the Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) in Sangali, for them to temporarily provide the necessary power supply to the entire city while verifications on the cause of the power interruption was in progress.

“We ought to switch to “island mode” if WMPC provides us with the necessary power we are negotiating to cope with the temporary remedies,” Ledesma said.

Further information gathered by Zamcelco revealed that there is no definite time when the power be restored on the grid to re-supply Zamboanga City the soonest possible time.

NGCP Information Officer Beth Ladaga said that the power loss experienced by Zamboanga City  beginning 9:43am Thursday was due to the tripping of the Baloi-Aurora 138KV line. As of press time, NGCP was still determining the cause.

Power in Northern Mindanao and Misamis Occidental was also affected by the same power shutdown, but they  obtained remedial scheme and NGCP has restored their power supply around 11:04 am.

“We have known that Zamcelco has also adopted remedial measures to temporarily source out power from Independent Power Producer (IPP) to obtain necessary power source while the Aurora Agus 5 138KV line is still in the process of determining the cause of power tripping,” Ledesma said.

Business shops, government institutions and other establishments were temporarily paralyzed by the sudden power outage. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News