Meralco reports 20 outages during elections

THE Manila Electric Company recorded 20 power outage incidents in its franchise area on election day, allaying earlier apprehension about disruptions throwing the voting process in chaos and making possible fraud easier.

“We have so far recorded 20 outage incidents, most of which were isolated troubles. These were immediately addressed and restored accordingly,” the utility firm said.

Affected sites are located in:

■ Metro Manila: Sta. Ana, Sta. Mesa, and Tondo in Manila, Valenzuela City, Batasan in Quezon City, and Talon in Las Piñas City;

■Cavite: Cavite City, Naic, and Amadeo;

■Batangas: Batangas City;

■Bulacan: Hagonoy, San Francisco, San Jose del Monte;

■Rizal: Antipolo and Cainta.

As of 12 noon, power had been fully restored in all affected areas, said the power utility.

Meralco said it has contingency measures in place so that it can immediately address any emergency and trouble. “We have more than 270 generator sets and more than 500 flood lights ready to be deployed. We have round-the-clock operations and we will continue monitoring electricity service in the election sites across our franchise area “ it said.

Meanwhile, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported 201 power interruption incidents as of Monday morning. The power outages were recorded with an average duration of 70 minutes. “From 0400H to 1100H on May 9, 61 of the 111 electric cooperatives with reports experienced  power interruption,” NEA said.

NGCP: Lines, facilities normal

Meanwhile, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, in its update on the power situation as of 5pm Monday, said that, “NGCP’s transmission lines and facilities are under normal operations.”

Power supply and demand in all of NGCP’s three grids are as follows: For Luzon,  capacity is at 13,969MW and demand at 8,764MW; for Visayas, capacity at 2,821MW and demand at 1,649MW; and for Mindanao, capacity at 2,959MW
and demand at 1,348MW.