Intermittent brownouts have been occurring in several parts of Negros Oriental since Monday due to tropical storm “Gener”.
Elmer Cruz of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said three power outages had triggered emergency shutdowns at various transmission facilities due to strong winds.
On Monday night, parts of Negros Oriental were without electricity from 6:56 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., after the NGCP shut down the Dumaguete-Bacong-Siaton 69kV transmission line to cut a mango tree that leaned over the transmission lines at Barangay Pulantubig in Dumaguete City.
Portions of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 areas were affected by the power interruption.
Two brownouts also occurred yesterday in the NORECO 2 franchise areas as branches of trees fell on power transmission lines, Cruz said. The first was from 10:56 a.m. to 11:06 a.m., then at 11:13 a.m. to 1:16 p.m.
Portions of Dumaguete, Valencia and Sibulan, meanwhile, still have no power as of press time.
Jill Rae Teves of NORECO 2 said trouble-shooting teams have been deployed to these areas to determine the causes of the outages.
She said they were doing their best to accommodate complaints but continuous strong winds and intermittent heavy rains were hampering restoration efforts.*JFP
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