NGCP has teamed up with local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao to solve the escalating right-of-way (ROW) violations in the region by lobbying for the passage of a Provincial Ordinance to criminalize the planting of trees and other activities beneath transmission lines.
NGCP gave a series of presentations to government officials to show how the intentional planting of trees under transmission lines adversely affects power delivery to the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Zamboanga City, and the rest of the grid.
Officials were also briefed on the importance of safeguarding NGCP’s transmission facilities and the effect of ROW violations on the already critical Mindanao power situation.
“Row violations, along with bombing attacks, have become the significant problems for NGCP in Mindanao. It will be very difficult for us to deliver the available power supply to distribution utilities if we continue to encounter these problems,” said NGCP. “As it stands, the island is in the midst of a power supply deficiency, and these disruptive acts only aggravate the suffering of the Mindanaoans,” the company stressed.
NGCP hopes that its continuing information drive and coordination with local government officials will help resolve ROW issues in the region. The company has repeatedly appealed to the government and the Philippine Army for assistance in resolving this matter.
NGCP is also appealing to the public to help monitor the safety of the towers so that transmission services remain uninterrupted. If anyone sees anything suspicious at or around towers and facilities, please inform NGCP immediately by texting 09178791077.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner.
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