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  • Writer's pictureMelo Acuna

Pilferage causes power failure in southern Philippines

Pansitbusinessmen strike again!

MANILA – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines today said their Tower #60 with 138kV between Balo-i-Aurora in Poona, Tangcal, Lanao del Norte was reported toppled because of some nefarious businessmen involved in the pilferage of transmission line parts.

The incident caused power outage at 10:13 A.M. Monday. The incident triggered manual load droppings affecting customers in ZAMBURECO 1, SAMSURECO II, SANECO, MOELCI I, MOELCI II, and LANECO in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and parts of Lanao del Norte from 10:17 A.M.

In their statement, NGCP said they are working authorities to secure the area and identify the responsible parties for the sabotage. Restoration of Tower #60 will begin as soon as the area is secured.

NGCP said any form of sabotage to the transmission lines and structures will increase the burden on the general public.

Transmission wire pilferage was common in the Bicol Region, particularly in Camarines Sur during the 1980s during the time of the National Power Corporation. Pilferers during the time were considered “pansit” businessmen because they cut power lines similar to rice or flour noodles which were then loaded intro trucks. (Melo M. Acuña)

Severely damaged and decommissioned due to pilferage in Southern Philippines. (Photos from NGCP).

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