Sep 24, 2020

PALECO task force begins addressing power outage causes

Task Force PALECO conducts operations within the City Barangays. (Photo Courtesy of PALECO)

Technicians from various electric cooperatives have arrived Saturday to assist the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) in upgrading its distribution system.

Clarina Herrera-Guludah, spokesperson of PALECO told Palawan News Thursday the first batch of the special body arrived Saturday composed of 33 individuals from six electric cooperatives.

“Pero sila po ay binubuo lamang ng apat na grupo, Batangas 1 at Batangas 2 Electric Cooperatives, ikalawa ang First Laguna Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FLECO, Inc.), gayundin ang PhilPECO na binubuo naman ng Pangasinan Electric Cooperatives 1 and 3 at gayundin ang Isabela Electric Cooperative,” said Guludah.

“Sila po ay magkakaloob ng kanilang manpower kasama ang kanilang tools and equipment at of course may kaniya-kaniya silang mga boom trucks. Ito ay napakahalaga. Apat na boom trucks ang meron sila sa ngayon,” Guludah added.

She said PALECO is not spending for these operations aside from the food and housing of the task force.

Guludah said groups from PALECO technical service departments and manpower groups for clearing, construction, and maintenance are always with the team during the operations.

She stated the team are focused this week in replacing with insulated wires the bare wires within the city barangays.

“Ano man ang gawaing teknikal na kanilang madaanan ay hindi nila iiwanan nang hindi nagagawa. So ibig sabihin ay talagang rigid at maayos ang kanilang gawain,” said Guludah.

Around 50 to 70 men from PALECO and the task force are deployed each day in the field since Monday.

She said the next batch from Visayas region electric cooperatives is expected to arrive in September 7.

She noted they will be from Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique.

“Sa ngayon ay ang pinaka-syudad ng Puerto Princesa ang kanilang focus, pero raratsada sila north and south, ang Brooke’s Point in particular and El Nido sa bahagi pong North. Maaring ‘yan ay maganap sa second batch ng ating mga electric cooperatives,” said Guludah.

Guludah said the third batch’s arrival are yet to be determined.

The entire work is expected to be accomplished by the end of October.

“Pero hindi po nagsisiguro si PALECO. Ako po mismo ay hindi nagsisiguro na wala na tayong blackout. Dahil ang matutugunan lamang po natin ay ang aspetong distribution. Ang transmission at generation ay sagot ng NAPOCOR at ng mga independent power producers,” said Guludah.

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