THE Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday called on landowners and local government units (LGUs) to help address the disputes concerning right-of-way issues, particularly in areas hit by Typhoon Lando.
DOE Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Zenaida Monsada urged LGUs and landowners to cooperate with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in resolving the problem.
Landowners should allow NGCP personnel to enter their premises to repair transmission facilities damaged by the typhoon, Monsada said.
“We appeal particularly to the local government units and land owners to cooperate with the NGCP, the concessionaire of the national transmission lines, in resolving the transmission issues on right of way and easements,” Monsada said in a statement.
As part of its mandate to ensure sufficient and reliable electric supply nationwide, the DOE asked all stakeholders to safeguard power facilities from any obstruction.
The NGCP has reported that landowners in various areas barred its crew from entering premises to clear fallen trees and vegetation that that threaten the safety and reliability of power lines.
NGCP also encountered difficulties in getting permission to cut trees under transmission lines that eventually cause power lines to trip.
It cited the repeated tripping of the Agus 2-Kibawe Line 1 recently, because of a fallen tree that cut the NGCP line conductors.
This may isolate the Agus Units 1 and 2 that are connected to the affected lines, according to NGCP.
The right of way problem has reached a critical level, in the case of repeated tripping of the Agus 2-Kibawe Line 1 in Mindanao, NGCP Spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said.
Meanwhile, the DOE gave assurances that the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other fuels nationwide is adequate.