NGCP embarks on safety info campaign

January 11, 2012 11:58 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 11 – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has launched a safety info campaign to ensure that transmission lines are protected and safeguarded.

NGCP spokesperson Atty. Cynthia D. Perez-Alabanzain, in an interview here on Wednesday, admitted that it is impossible for them to protect the 20,000 circuit kilometers of powers lines that traverse around the island of Mindanao or an equivalent of 20,000-kilometer stretch.

Although she said they have an existing agreement with the military in securing these vital installations, the role of the host communities is important.

“We have a continuing education and advocacy with these communities she said and their participation is crucial in sustaining the steady flow of power that passes through these power lines. Any disruption of the flow power that might be caused by power line destruction such as bombing will have tremendous effect especially now the supply is so thin during peak hours, Alabanzain said.

She explained that they had been issuing advisory on the curtailment of power which is due to insufficient contingency reserve caused by generation deficiency based on index issued by the National Power Corporation and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation.

Davao City Councilor Pilar Braga who is chair of the Council's Committee on Energy Transportation and Communication disclosed on the shortfall of power and if nothing can done about the power problem there could be longer power outages of about five to eight hours.

Although Davao City will have other sources as there are standby power generating plants that can be utilized by Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the other parts of Mindanao could have tremendous effect aside from the fact that the cost could be higher as these plants are run by fuel, she said.

"What we need she said is additional power plants inorder not to go into crisis and I think giving the nod to coal plant is a step in the right direction," Braga said.

She however stressed that energy conservation is one aspect that should not be left out and must be put in place.

As this developed, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched their Dream Team campaign which is composed of professional electrical and civil engineers that conduct audit on the energy consumption of offices and establishments.

DOST assistant regional director Elsie Solidum said their team is equipped with machines and gadgets used to determine the efficiency and consumption of a particular establishment.

Right now she said they had been conducting assessment and audit of the power consumption of the small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs).

Solidum said they focus on the SMEs where they have influence and cooperation so that corrective measures are implemented insofar as power utilization is concerned.

She said they need to advise the SMEs as to the result of the audit and make recommendations on to what to adopt but the bottom line still is the cost considering that replacement of machines would entail some money.

The other primary consideration that this Dream Team is looking at is the safety of manufacturers and producers as there are cases that safety rules and procedures are often overlooked by them, she said.

She said it will help if proper usage are adopted as this will also cut down on wastage.

Dream Team she said is composed professional engineers coming from the DOST and the private sector. (PNA) LAP/ldp/Digna D. Banzon

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