The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has called on barangay officials of villages where the firm’s transmission lines are located to extend aid in keeping its facilities from pranks and other nuisances that cause glitches to their systems.
According to NGCP Visayas spokesperson Betty Martinez, there had been instances wherein one of the company’s facilities tripped due to disturbances caused by residents carelessly or purposely throwing materials at their transmission lines.
“Last time, our Ubay-Trinidad line tripped because someone threw a plastic cd changer. It was like a container thrown at the line, so the line was hit then it tripped. It happened twice,” said Martinez in Cebuano and English.
The NGCP is set to meet with barangay officials to appeal for support in disseminating information to deter residents from tampering with the firm’s facilities.
“They are not only disturbing their barangays, but also other towns. It’s not a line of the distribution utilities so other towns are also affected,” Martinez added.
The NGCP official also noted that such incident wherein the firm’s facility was tampered with only happened in Bohol.
“That kind of incident that someone threw a cd changer, so far, this has only happened in Bohol,” she said.
According to the NGCP official, they have launched a probe on the alleged prank.
“Our security will be investigating so we could pinpoint who the culprit is,” said Martinez. (A. Doydora)