LIMAY, Bataan: Residents in this town suffered nine hours of power outage on Friday after the Peninsula Electric Cooperative (Penelco) conducted preventive maintenance.
Penelco supervisor Zaldy Felipe said the two 69KV posts at the Limay substation were already old and have to be replaced.
“Pinalitan namin ang da–lawang bulok na poste kaya walang kuryente sa Limay maghapon [We have to replace the two rotten posts so there was no electricity in Limay the whole day],” Felipe explained.
The advisory from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the power interruption was from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
NGCP communications officer Ernest Vidal said aside from Penelco’s repair works, NGCP will also test potential transformers in its Bataan line.
Felipe said the replacement of the two posts has been scheduled before Typhoon Glenda came. The five posts which were destroyed during the storm have been replaced.
“What we are doing is preventive maintenance as preparation,” said Felipe.
Vendor Jelas Sevilla said only a few buy from their store because of the blackout. “Mahirap magbenta lalo na ice cream dahil malulusaw at maging ng mga cold cuts tulad ng tocino at imbutido basta walang power [It is hard to sell ice cream because it will melt, the same with cold cuts like tocio and imbutido if there is no power],” she said.
At the Limay Public Market, most of the stall owners did not close shop and used candles as light.
“Mahirap magbenta at naka–kahilo [It’s hard to sell, I feel dizzy],” said Ester Abugado, who owns a stall at the vegetable section.