TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has appealed to the public, particularly farmers, not to burn rice straw after harvests as this may cause widespread grassfires that can affect transmission lines. Lilibeth Gaydowen, NGCP Northern Luzon corporate communications and public affairs officer, said that as the country is at the peak of the El Niño weather phase, a small fire can easily spread and pose a threat to transmission facilities particularly on wood poles that would trigger power interruptions. Gaydowen also urged the public to avoid other activities such as flying of kites, building of structures and houses, planting trees or parking vehicles and carrying long poles near or under the transmission lines. Meanwhile, the NGCP reported zero grid-related incidents during the May 9 elections. Gaydowen said NGCP did not encounter any major system disturbance on election day. She said the corporation will resume its regular maintenance activities and expansion projects on May 17.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO