Transco appeals to LGUs: Protect transmission lines
PANGASINAN (14 December) -- The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) appealed to local government and barangay officials in typhoon-ravaged areas in the Bicol Region to help the state-owned corporation hasten the restoration of electricity in the area by protecting the fallen transmission line cables, tower parts and transmission line materials from looters.
TransCo president Arthur Aguilar said the state firm is doing all it can to speed up the restoration of transmission lines but is hampered severely when its linemen rushing to repair the lines find that transmission line materials are missing.
Aguilar said TransCo has reinforced its transmission line teams in South Luzon with those from North Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao but expressed concern "that our cables, tower parts, insulators especially those now lying on the ground will not be stolen so that the power restoration will not suffer undue delays," Aguilar said.
On December 1, a day after the super typhoon Reming ravaged the Bicol Region, a TransCo helicopter patrol spotted and caught on videotape three suspected looters atop a TransCo steel tower in Pili, Camarines Sur. Knowing that they have been spotted, the men hurriedly climbed down the TransCo tower.
The helicopter patrol also saw another group of suspected looters in waist deep waters apparently "working" on a collapsed TransCo steel tower in Minalabac, Camarines Sur.
Meanwhile, in Barangay Banga, 1st Tabang, Plaridel, Bulacan, police and TransCo security personnel raided a junk shop and confiscated five tons of steel tower materials. The confiscated items identified as TransCo properties through the serial numbers engraved on them. The junk shop owner is now facing charges in violation of RA 7832 or the "Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Pilferage Act of 1994." (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]