By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – The onset of heavy rains, coupled with strong winds, has caused at least five instances of power interruption in the service areas of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco) Main.
This was disclosed by Cotelco Geneal Manager Godofredo Homez who said that the rains and winds have sent debris hitting power lines that have caused brownouts in the firm’s service areas, which include 11 towns in North Cotabato.
Homez said twigs and branches gettiing caught in the power lines automatically shut off the system, thus, the power interruptions.
Homez said that from June 5 until June 7, they monitored at least five instances of brownouts – one of which was caused by rubber trees that fell on Cotelco’s 69KV transmission lines located at Mount Apo when strong winds hit the province on June 6.
Homez said the power interruption lasted for about 38 minutes.
The rest of the blackouts, according to Homez, were scheduled interruptions due to switching of power loads – from the Mount Apo’s 69KV transmission line to Tacurong City lines as part of the maintenance activity of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
“In short, these blackouts that occurred from June 5 to 7 were not of our own doing, there are those that occurred because of the scheduled maintenance of transmission lines by the NGCP,” said Homez.