NGCP Taps Media To Assist In Their Info Drive To Prevent Accidental Electrocution
By Quirico M. Gorpido,Jr.
Ormoc City, Leyte-The lack of knowledge among residents near the estimated 138,000 volt transmission lines passages on how dangerous is it to act recklessly and carelessly nearby or underneath the power lines has prompted NGCP officials to formulate some preventive measures to avoid and prevent accidental electrocution that causes meaningless deaths.
Thisael Pole, Safety Officer of Ormoc substation essayed in details some of the safety measures/steps that residents near the substations and nearby localities where transmission lines were passing through must take heed to avoid and prevent accidental electrocution:
1)Kite flying near transmission lines as well as climbing transmission structures may cause accidents and/or electrocution; 2)When passing thru transmission structures do not carry long sticks or any object that might get in contact with the power lines; 3)Do not plant trees near transmission lines.Report to NGCP any incident of tangled branches; 4)Do not allow children to play near transmission lines; 5)Not safe to build any structure under transmission lines to avoid accidental electrocution; 6)Avoid burning fire near or underneath transmission lines;
7)Immediately report to NGCP any incident of leaning posts, towers and/or sagging lines to NGCP.Do not allow anybody to touch the sagging lines to shun accidental electrocution; 8)Do not park your vehicles near or under transmission lines.In case of accident bring victims to the nearest clinic/hospital.Report any untoward incidents to brgy. officials and to the police; 9)Family members whose houses were already built near transmission lines should be very careful when installing radio or TV antenna not to touch it in the transmission lines to avoid accidental electrocution and meaningless deaths-just like what happened in b rgy. Combado,Maasin City several years ago, victimizing 2 young men causing grief and sorrow to their loved ones.
Earlier, Brando Fajardo,Chief Leyte-Samar Grid disclosed to the press that the function of the National Power Corporation(NAPOCOR) which in latter years was called Transco is now privatized,a step that the government-run electric corporation has decided to improve its services to the consumers.
Fajardo also explained lengthily how the electric power from its main source at Tongonan Geothermal Plant were distributed to different substations down to its strategic locations where the areas covered by these power restoration stations could easily be reached via transmission lines to various localities.
“Transco still owns the asset”, NGCP’s Maasin substation-assigned Engr. Pongaso in brgy. Tambis clarified, “but NGCP manages and supervises its operations”.
The Leyte-Samar Chief revealed that the Tongonan Power Plant has the power capacity of 440MGW,so big that it’s excessed power were shared to other grids like Leyte-Bohol-Cebu, Negros-Panay and Bicol-Luzon thru submarine cables and transmission lines.
However, the common complaints of consumers of the host island including Samar Island’s consumers were: why is it that we have to pay big amount in our electric bills per kilo watt hour than in other provinces and the far-flung regions?”.
The electric consumers’ complaints for decades now were not satisfactorily answered by concerned electric cooperatives. On the other hand, Fajardo further said that NGCP has started to manage and supervise Transco’s electric power transmission generation in 2007, which currently, through modern technology has acquired some reliable equipment to enhance its operations.
He also explained about PMS(Preventive Maintenance System),EPIRA and other acronyms related to efficient power and energy generation services and control in all regions covered by the operation, which is a 25-year concession and renewable for another 25 years.
Alvin Santos,OPCS tackled on generation efficiency, power shortages, automatic load dropping(ALD),system peak, unexpected power outages and other inconveniencies occurring in various areas covered by its different substations in Leyte and Samar.
He also claimed that NGCP has a frequency regulating reserve of 4% of the demand for the hour in Leyte-Samar grid with a contingency reserve of 100 MGW.
Earlier,Maria Rosette Martinez(Nickname Beatty),NGCP Media coordinator welcomed the Maasin press upon their entry at Ormoc Geothermal Power Plant substation.After registering their names they were ushered to the monitoring department where Safety Officer Thisael Pole explained how the system in his Department would operate.
Later the group composed of print/online and broadcast journalists including some PIOs and CDIOs were brought to the next building where another NGCP staff has given them a short lecture,a sort of briefing,on how the media should conduct themselves while inside the compound.It was followed by picture taking among themselves for either as posterity,souvenirs or potential postings on their facebook accounts.
In another related development at Sabina Hotel where NGCP officials and the media were convening, PIA-Maasin Information Manager Erna Sy Gorne told some of the attending Information Officers from Maasin’s government agencies that they are going to reactivate their groups’ function as PIOs and CDIOs.
She instructed them to start writing their news reports after a refreshing seminar on basic news writing to be conducted by the joint efforts of PIA staff and the President of the Associated Media of Southern Leyte (AMSL) Jani C. Arnaiz, any day soon.
Sy-Gorne also urged them to send their reports to PIA,to 2 Maasin-based weeklies, the Southern Leyte Times and the Southern Leyte Balita and to http://www.reporternews.com for consideration.(Quirico M. Gorpido,Jr.)