‘Power shortage didn’t trigger Bataan blackout’

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Peninsula Electric Cooperative (PENELCO) affirmed that yesterday’s province-wide power interruption was not caused by shortage in supply of electricity but rather by preventive measures that will avert graver shutdowns in the future.

“We don’t have problem in supply. GNPower is currently operating,” PENELCO General Manager Engr. Loreto Marcelino said, referring to GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Company located in Mariveles town that is generating electricity for the Luzon grid.

He said the cause of the power outage, the biggest so far this year in Bataan, is the replacement of dilapidated 69 kilovolt poles in various towns and in Balanga City. The old electric lines, Marcelino explained, bought by PENELCO from National Transmission Corporation are being replaced as part of their preventive measures this rainy season when storms batter Bataan.

“The interruption will be more serious if the lines will not be replaced most especially if Hermosa town is flooded,” he said in reference to the low-lying town which is perennially inundated, thereby affecting the repair of electric lines.

This developed as various areas in Bataan were without electricity yesterday as per the notice of power service interruption from PENELCO. Most affected was Balanga City, the province’s center of education and business, which experienced outage from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm, notably in the areas of Capitol compound, Bataan National High School, public market, Bataan Women’s Hospital, and the headquarters of Bravo Company of the 24th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army.

Hermosa was placed under eight hours of power outage from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm. Parts of the towns of Orani, Samal and Abucay were without electricity from 8:15 am to 9:15 am. Also, the towns of Limay, Orion, Pilar, Bagac, and Morong, including again Balanga City, Hermosa, Orani, Samal and Abucay, experienced the outage from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm.

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