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National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

NGCP: “We do our best to improve power services”

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) met media representatives recently for the second leg of its information campaign on the basics of the energy industry.

The NGCP’s Power 101 campaign seeks to provide a clearer image of its functions and role in the community.

Lawyer Cynthia Alabanza, the company’s spokesperson, said the NGCP is merely in charge of power delivery.

“We provide a link to power plants owned by the National Power Corporation and independent power producers (IPPs) to the country’s distribution utilities and electric cooperatives which in turn deliver electricity to end-users,” she said.

She added the company also ensures power grid security and reliability, power quality, dispatching, scheduling and warning.

Alabanza added the NGCP is not involved in determining power rates nor in the collection of power consumption.

In Region 1, the NGCP brings power to household consumers through the distribution utilities namely the La Union Electric Company (LUELCO, the Pangasinan Electric Company (PANELCO) in Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC) and Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ISECO).

Asked why power interruption occurs, Alabanza noted major causes from insufficient generation, unscheduled shutdown of generation, transmission or distribution utilities and scheduled shutdown of transmission and distribution system connected to customers.

She said interruption in the transmission system is due to weather disturbance, accident, vegetation, foreign objects, human error, or failure of protection system.

“We do our best to continuously improve power services in Luzon and throughout the nation, Alabanza added

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.