By Liezle Basa Iñigo
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) assured today that it will not schedule any power shutdown in Northern Luzon even as typhoon “Ompong” is set to roar through the area this weekend.
Citing the protocol in past typhoons, NGCP North Luzon Public Affairs Officer Lilibeth Gaydowen said there is no need to cut off power when the typhoon passes.
However, brownouts are possible in the event that electric poles are downed by strong winds, she said.
“May possibility na maapektuhan ang poles and towers ng NGCP (There’s a possibility that NGCP poles and towers are adversely affected), as experienced in past typhoons; pero not to intentionally shut off the lines,” Gaydowen said.
In preparation for the typhoon, the NGCP already fortified their vulnerable poles, she said.
Likewise, there has been a strategic positioning of their manpower and line hardware to minimize possible effects or damage of their facilities during the typhoon.
Some of these measures include the trimming of trees, which may be blown against power lines.
This task has been implemented with the mobilization of electric cooperatives like the Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP) which covers Mancup, Calasiao.