Panay power plants temporarily halt non-essential workers from entering site

Published June 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY— Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) temporarily barred non-essential workers residing at a particular village from entering its coal-fired power plant and diesel plant in this city after one of its personnel went to a poultry area of someone suspected to have coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) generates a total of 314 megawatts (314 MWs) of coal-fired power at its plant in Iloilo City. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)
Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) generates a total of 314 megawatts (314 MWs) of coal-fired power at its plant in Iloilo City. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

“This is only a precautionary measure,” said GBP Vice President for Panay Operations Engr. Nilo Madrid.

The no-work-on-site, which took effect June 20, only covers non-essential workers who are residents of Ingore village.

Madrid explained to Manila Bulletin that a resident of Ingore village tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid test, but still needs confirmatory test.

“We can only allow them to get back to work on-site once the result for confirmatory test is out and the person is negative,” Madrid said.

Madrid noted that the non-essential workers are basically those whose jobs are not technical in nature and assured that their absence is not hampering technical operations.

GBP subsidiaries Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) and Panay Power Corp. (PPC) generate power through its 314-megawatt (314 MW) coal-fired power plant and 72-MW diesel plant respectively.

GBP supplies majority of power in Panay Island, which consist of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo provinces as well as Iloilo City, the regional capital of Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, all key areas of the PEDC and PPC power plants were sanitized.

 
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