The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) warned advertising agencies and private businesses that own outdoor billboards not to put their signage near power lines.
Engr. Ajoy Datco of the PALECO Technical Services Department issued the warning after worker Ariel Abarilles, became the latest victim of electrocution this week.
Abarilles is currently confined at the MMG-PPC Cooperative Hospital after suffering injuries while installing an advertising content on a billboard post along the National Highway near the Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) in Brgy. San Miguel Friday morning.
Datco said the power firm has “no control over the construction permits issued by the city government to the owners of the billboards. “
She said they are recommending a three-meter distance from a power line to avoid electrocution incidents that have victimized individuals this week in Barangays San Jose and San Miguel.
“Wala rin kaming say unless may naglalagay sa mga poste namin, tinatanggal namin ýon. Halimbawa may mga nagbabalak tumayo, dumadaan sa amin, nagtatanong sila, binibigay namin na three meters away [dapat ang mga structures nila],” Datco said.
She said workers who need to install anything on these billboards “have to be careful to check if there are power cables on their way to avoid electrocution.”
Earlier, Nap Cortez, PALECO general manager, said they have three power cables hanging on their utility posts — those with 220-230 volts that flow electricity to residential homes, the 13,200 volts, and the National Power Corporation’s 69,000-volt high tension wire.
“Kahit 110 volts lang kung talagang grounded ka, mamatay ka. Yong 220 volts malakas na talaga yon. Bakal kasi yong boom kaya kapag sumabit talaga yan sa 220 volts ibig sabihin magandang daluyan ng kuryente ang bakal, kung nakahawak ka doon sa bakal, maari kang mamatay nga,” he said.
Cortez said PALECO is now investigating the San Jose incident where worker Junior Castro died on August 29 after being being electrocutes when a boom pipe he was using to lift motor parts hit a power cable.
“Magpapa-imbestiga kami para makita natin kung ano talaga ang sitwasyon,” Cortez said.