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Transco draws contingency plans to ensure Isabela power supply in May polls

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela (30 April) -- The National Transmission Corporation’s (TransCo) District IV – Cagayan Valley Area had drawn up strategies to avert brownout or power failure or at least mitigate its effects should it occur on election day or critical canvassing of votes.

These strategies are packed in TransCo District IV’s Contingency Action Plans for 2007 Election whose primary concern is to keep the lights on from May 12-17 to ensure honest, orderly and credible election.

Engr. Alex Alvarez, TransCo District IV manager, said the contingency plans are part of the TransCo’s and its link agencies’ preparedness on critical alerts and monitoring and reporting scheme that will effectively address problems during the election.

The TransCo contingency plan will cover all the Cagayan Valley area – Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino and part of Cordillera – Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao provinces.

In a power point presentation before officials of the Commission on Elections, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine National Police and electric cooperatives held here, Oscar B. Mina, branch manager of the Santiago sub-station, said that corrective maintenance is now being implemented by the Santiago sub-station in Isabela, Lagawe sub-station in Ifugao and Bayombong sub-station in Nueva Vizcaya. Equipment and structures with critical findings will be prioritized for maintenance, one of our contingency activities, he added.

Among the doable activities in the contingency plan also cited by Mina include the clearing of obstructions along transmission line, weekly testing and checking of the tree sub-stations batteries, chargers and generator sets, and ensuring availability of firefighting equipment in case of grassfire or forest fires and providing good running conditions vehicles.

Mina also assured safety and security of transmission lines as continuous coordination with the military and police is in place to prevent outages due to pilferage, sabotage, grass or forest fires and other man-made or environmental causes of trippings. (PIA-Isabela) [top]

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