The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) announced yesterday that as of 7 AM, its operations in Mindanao were normal following the lockdown and the declaration of Martial Law at about 11 PM on Tuesday.
In an update, the NGCP said power from the Agus 1 Hydro Plant to the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Lasureco) feeder remained normal. Only 5 megawatts (MW) are being drawn compared to the normal 12 MW loading, it said.
The company noted that it has monitored tripping affecting Marawi City caused by a disturbance at the Mindanao State University (MSU) load-end switching station. Transmission line personnel however could not inspect and fix the affected facility due to the lockdown in the area.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared the entire islands of Mindanao under Martial law on Tuesday 10 PM for 60 days to “suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety”, said Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesman. He added that militant groups, including Isis sympathisers, had “shown no hesitation in causing havoc, taking innocent lives and destroying property”.
The NGCP assured that the rest of Mindanao is experiencing normal power supply and its personnel are safe.
The company said it is preparing its contingency plans for the next 60 days.. pna