The Bohol Electric Cooperative (Boheco) 1 clarified that it had no hand in the power interruption experienced right in the middle of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech during the inauguration of the Bohol Panglao International Airport (BPIA) on Tuesday night.
According to Rene Tumabang, head of Boheco 1’s institutional services department, the BPIA’s generator sets which were used during the inauguration bogged down causing the lights to go out at the P8.91-billion facility.
Power went out for about two minutes.
“Ang gi-gamit nila agto is ilahang generator…Wa nila gamita ang Boheco na supply. Ma-hog na nag a standby ra ang power sa Boheco,” said Tumabang.
Three 400-kVA generators of the airport, which were used for the entire day during the inauguration and days leading to the event, experienced overload, based on information received by Tumabang from airport authorities.
Tumabang said that power supply from Boheco 1 was used after the generators bogged down and for the rest of the program.
According to Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Department of Transportation made the decision to utilize the generator sets.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines had not sent any notice to Boheco 1 for possible power interruption on Monday onward.
Boheco 1’s power supply for the entire day during the inauguration on Tuesday also remained stable, said Tumabang.
However, authorities decided to use the airport’s generators supposedly to make sure that there would be no power interruption during the program.
“Sakto man pud to ilang gi-buhat na generators ilang gi-gamit kay inkaso na dunay interruptions sa atong linya para digto ra sa airport ang power supply,” he added. (A. Doydora)