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Guv hails government assistance in resolving Negros’ power issue

The participation of the federal government to aid with the problems with the electricity supply in Negros and the Panay Islands was warmly welcomed on Tuesday by the governor of Negros Occidental, Eugenio Jose Lacson.

He told reporters, “It’s excellent that the President (Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.) did state that, that the national government is willing to step in if they (distributors) cannot address that.

Marcos underlined the irony of what occurred, given that Negros has an extra power supply, and remarked on his flight to the United States on Sunday that there is a need to look into the distribution system issue that led to power outages in Western Visayas late last week.

The Chief Executive promised that the national government will increase the islands’ distribution network’s capacity for power.

For his part, Lacson pleaded with those in charge of electricity delivery to make sure the Negrenses had access to electricity.

“I’m pleading with all parties involved to restart the island’s electricity grid. Whether it be the electricity utilities or the NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines). What’s crucial is that, as the President noted, it’s absurd that we have enough electricity but this still occurs, the governor remarked.

However, he pointed out that Negros Occidental is in a better position than the province of Iloilo, which, starting on April 27, experienced a three-day power outage along with other provinces in the Panay and Guimaras islands.

“Iloilo suffered a lot. Although there are power outages in our situation, they are less frequent. Let’s assist Panay if it is true that we can,” Lacson stated.

While this was going on, on April 29, the Electric Cooperatives Association of Region VI Inc. sent a letter to the NGCP Visayas Operations and Maintenance requesting information on the “system disturbance” and over-voltage that affected the entire Western Visayas.

The electric cooperatives highlighted that the problem is “already the second within this year” after a similar system interruption previously occurred on February 20, demanding openness and disclosure from the NGCP.

After noticing that the NGCP and the Central Negros Electric Cooperative were blaming one another for the rotational brownouts on the islands, Senator Raffy Tulfo had also called for a thorough probe.
The investigation aims to assist in preventing future outages from occurring nationwide, not just in Panay and Negros, the senator stated.

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