TransCo assures brown-out free elections
By Venus May H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY (20 April) -- In a much anticipated nationwide event where electricity will play a critical role, the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) assured the public that election day will be brown-out free.
Electric cooperatives, power utilities and representatives of the Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police and the media sector joined forces in a ‘power meeting’ Tuesday to present their contingency plans to ensure the steady flow of electricity on election day.
“Pinaka-critical ang ilaw sa eleksyon.” TransCo department manager Jose Arellano said, ”Namatay lang ang ilaw sandali, people will think and argue that cheating have occurred.”
Arellano said the coordination meeting sought to establish a communication center that will facilitate effective transfer of information during normal and abnormal conditions and to ensure security of transmission facilities.
“We cannot compromise safety and security”, Arellano said. “We created a command post for information and we will have double shifting of personnel come election period”
In an audio-visual presentation, Transco’s seven power districts under the North Luzon area and the four major power substations in Pangasinan -- Old San Manuel, New San Manuel, Labrador and Kadampat -- are fully energized and will provide a steady and continuous supply of electricity especially during the May12-17 period.
However, Transco lamented that even if all power sectors are ready for the elections, other ’natural’ factors beyond their control could make their high hopes for a brown-out free elections go awry. These other factors are wayward big lizards, rats, birds, strong winds and kites that could directly and indirectly affect transmission lines (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]