PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012
NGCP announces Jan. 7 power interruption in Abra, parts of Ilocos SurBAGUIO CITY, Jan. 6(PIA) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has served notice of the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in Ilocos Sur and Abra on Saturday, January 7, 2012 due to annual preventive maintenance and testing of substation equipment.
Affected distribution utilities are Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ISECO) Narvacan and Candon; and Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO). The power interruption from 6:00AM – 6:00PM on Jan. 7 will affect parts of Ilocos Sur and the whole province of Abra.
Normal operations will immediately resume after work completion. NGCP advises its customers and the general public to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption.
Meanwhile, in a release sent out by Lilibeth Gaydowen ,Corporate Communications and Public Affairs – NGCP North Luzon, the NGCP is extending financial assistance to areas recently devastated by Typhoon Sendong.
In an effort to rebuild affected areas, NGCP executives, headed by President and CEO Henry Sy, Jr., met with Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz on Thursday, 05 January 2012 to hand over P 1,000,000.00 each to the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
NGCP employees based at its Head Office in Quezon City previously donated 45 boxes of relief goods (as of December 22, 2011) and voluntary cash contributions amounting to Php178,980.00 to co-employees based in Mindanao. The management also allowed the use of its hangar space in Cagayan de Oro for forensic examination on the deceased and commissioned the use of a water pump and generator set to provide clean water and electricity to the public.
As of 3 January 2011, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated the total damages to cost PhP1,384,592,708.00. Casualties have reached more than a thousand, with 80,647 families (429,045 people) displaced and living in evacuation centers.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating and maintaining the country’s electric power grid. As a responsible corporation, NGCP takes care not just of its own employees, but also the communities hosting its facilities, which it considers one of its true partners in nation-building.(PIA CAR/NGCP)