The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Pangasinan Electric Cooperatives including PANELCO I, PANELCO III, and CENPELCO, and Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP) addressed the issues on recent power outages in Pangasinan during the Question Hour of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Physical Session on June 14.
“Ang Pangasinan ay sineserbisyuhan po ng North Luzon District III ng NGCP, based in San Manuel Pangasinan. We are mandated to maintain the transmission assets, substation facilities sa Pangasinan. Ito ay nagsusupply sa apat ng distribution utilities – PANELCO I, PANELCO III, CENPELCO, at DECORP. Ang Sual Coal Power Plant at San Roque Hydroelectric Plant ay customers din namin,” said NGCP District 3 Head Florendo De Luna.
Engr. De Luna highlighted that despite the availability of supply, unforeseen technical problems and forced outage cannot be avoided.
“Dumarating yung pagkakataon na nagkakaroon tayo ng technical problems at force outages kaya minsan ay nag-sa-shut down,” said Engr. De Luna.
The district head also explained that the most common cause of power outages include: planned outages for the maintenance of lines and equipment which supplies the customers and are maximized up to 12 hours; forced outages which are often caused by natural or manmade occurrences; and supply or generation deficiency which forces electric cooperative to undergo manual load dropping.
“Kagaya noong naexperience natin noong June 1 na nagkaroon ng supply deficiency, ito ay para mapreserve ang ating transmission system,” stated Engr. De Luna.
Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario added that the supply deficiency could have been caused by the high demand in electricity during summer.
It was also clarified that the power outages in Pangasinan are not meant to spike up the electric bills of the consumers. Such outages are also implemented to enhance the services of the electric cooperatives to its consumers.
NGCP District 3 Head De Luna added, “Sa ngayon ang power output sa Luzon ay maganda naman dahil nakapag-operate na po ang mga planta na nag-shut down at natulungan na rin po dahil maulan na at bumaba na ang demand.”
The electric cooperatives’ heads also stated that the special payment arrangement for consumers, as mandated by the national agencies, is still applied giving enough time for consumers to compensate their payables.
“Nag-umpisa noong March last year, following the directive ng national government to defer the collection and disconnection activities para bigyang pagkakataon ang ating mga consumers. Lahat kami ay tumalima sa advisories na iyon at hanggang ngayon ay ine-extend pa rin namin ang special payment arrangement,” said CENPELCO General Manager Rodrigo Corpuz.
Engr. Corpuz also explained that ECs are non-stock and non-profit which are managed by its consumers.
Also present during the question hour were PANELCO I Acting General Manager Glen Mark Aquino, PANELCO III General Manager and Director Allan Casem, and Dagupan Electric Cooperative Network Operations Manager Augusto Sarmiento.
Board Member Liberato Villegas thanked the electric cooperatives executives for addressing the issues and concerns on the power outages in the province.
/Paula Jhea Sison (Photo by Jin Perez)