System operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is setting up initial safety measures to reduce the foreseen impact of Tropical Storm Basyang to the country’s power grid. Basyang entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday night. As of 10 a.m. on Friday, the tropical storm was moving towards the Leyte-Caraga area. It was expected to move West at 30 kilometer per hour (kph) with a maximum sustained wind of 65kph and gustiness of 80kph. The Henry Sy-led NGCP said preparations made included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work. The NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the regional command centers across the country.
Madelaine B. Miraflor


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