NGCP, DENR commit to preserve national park
March 20, 2013 10:41 pm
MANILA, March 20 — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to preserve the Northern Luzon Heroes Hill National Park, a protected area in Santa, Ilocos Sur to be traversed by NGCP’s new transmission line project.
NGCP, the country’s electric transmission system operator, will construct a new 230 kilovolt (kV) line from San Esteban, Ilocos Sur to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. The doublecircuit line will transmit the electricity generated from the wind power plants in Ilocos Sur to the rest of the region. The transmission line will also be in compliance with the N-1 contingency of NGCP which ensures the transmission system will still operate at a normal level despite the loss or malfunction of one of its major component.
In constructing the San Esteban – Laoag 230 kV line, six towers traversing a distance of more than two kilometers will be built inside the national park. NGCP committed to fund a three-year reforestation program to compensate for the trees that will be cut for the construction of the transmission line. One hundred trees will be planted for every tree cut.
NGCP is committed to its advocacy of taking care of the environment. In fact, we already entered into an agreement like this with DENR for our Colon-Cebu transmission project to preserve the Central Cebu Protected Landscape in the Visayas. It is a must for NGCP to comply with environmental laws and DENR’s guidelines before we push through with our projects,” said NGCP Spokesperson Atty. Cynthia P. Alabanza.
The Northern Luzon Heroes Hill National Park is a 1,300-hectare park in Ilocos Sur which features a Molave Forest and a 25-foot pristine waterfall, and is a famous spot for local and tourist mountaineers and trekkers. The park was declared a protected area by Proclamation No. 132 in 1963.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. NGCP transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines and towers, substations and related assets. NGCP’s regular maintenance activities and expansion projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to customers. (PNA)