Parts of Coron suffered two separate power interruptions recently, all caused by wild animals getting entangled in power lines and transformers and causing tripping incidents.
In Barangay Tagumpay on May 30, some 200 households were cut off from the power supply when an Asian starling bird ventured into a transformer and caused an explosion.
On June 1, a “dog-faced bat” tripped the power line connecting San Nicolas and Malawig.
According to the Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative (BISELCO), the bat dragged down the line it was hanging from and made contact with the power line, instantly killing itself and causing a short circuit.
“Naibalik naman po ang power doon noong 3PM sa araw na iyon. Medyo matagal nga lang kasi malayo ang lugar,” said Ruth Fortes, BISELCO manager.
“Ang mga ibon kasi ay madalas sumusuot sa loob ng mga transformer. Meron doong mga wire na exposed kaya sila nakukuryente,” said Fortes.
Aside from bats and birds, other forms of small wildlife have been causing blackouts in the area.
“Aside from mga ibon, ang mga tuko ay madalas ding nagiging cause ng mga blackout dahil nakakapasok sila sa mga transformer,” said Fortes.