4-day massive brownout in Ilocos Sur first district reduced to 1 day
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City (6 February) -- The request of Ilocos Sur officials to reduced the scheduled 4-day brownout in the first district of the province into one day was granted, it was reported.
The brownout was supposedly held las January 31 to February 3 but it was moved on February 7 from 5:00 AM to 10:00PM due to an appeal of Congressman Ronald Singson (1st District - Ilocos Sur) and Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
The private-owned NGCP was reportedly taken over the management of Transco, the former NAPOCOR based in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, last January 15, 2009. The NGCP was the main source of electric power of the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO).
According to Congressman Singson, if the 4 -day brownout was realized, many business establishment and significant activities especially the recently concluded the 2nd Kannawidan Ylocos Festival started on January 28 and ended on February 4; and the on-going Ilocos region State Colleges and University Athletic Association (SCUAA) meet at Pres. Quirino Stadium on February 2 to 6 were affected.
In his letter request, Congressman Singson suggested the procurement of back-up or standby transformer by the NGCP to prevent sudden electric current "brownouts" in the province.
"If brownout is often happen in the province, all economic activities are affected," Singson said.
Meanwhile, Engineer Benigno Ramos, NGCP Branch Manager, told that they considered the requested postponement and reduction of hours of brownout by Congressman Singson and Governor Savellano due to the important activities in the province.
Ramos disclosed that the brownout is steam up due to the replacement of old wirings and old transformer of power distributor.
"We need to replace the old wirings and the old trasfomer with new and modern one to anticipate the possible brownout occurrences in the future," Ramos said.
He appealed to the electric consumers in the first district in the province to take a necessary adjustment for the brownout set on Saturday. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]