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“Distribution line causes blackout in Marinduque” — Marelco

By Romeo Mataac, Jr.

‘No power shortage in Marinduque, problem with distribution line causes blackout’ – Marelco

BOAC, Marinduque — In a local TV program that aired on Thursday, Engr. Gaudencio Sol Jr, general manager of Marinduque Electric Cooperative (Marelco) clarified that there is sufficient power supply in the province, and that the problem with distribution lines and other contributing factors are the main causes of brownouts.

“Ang suplay po ng National Power Corporation (Napocor) sa ating lalawigan ay mayroong capacity na 14.2 megawatt at 3 megawatt mula sa power barge na nasa Balanacan. Sobra-sobra po para sa lalawigan ng Marinduque na mayroong recorded peak load na 12.53 megawatt lamang (The Napocor supplies the province with a capacity of 14.2 megawatt while the other 3 megawatt came from the power barge stationed in Balanacan. This is more than enough for the province of Marinduque that has recorded only a peak load of 12.53 megawatt),” Engr. Sol said.

In July alone, Marelco was able to tally a total of 27 occurrences of brownouts mainly due to problems and maintenance of lines that were damaged by vehicular accidents, road widening, fallen tree branches, animals that rammed into electric wires, and other transient or unidentified causes.

Nevertheless, the general manager of Marelco assures that the electric corporation is doing its very best to legally clear all obstructions that affect the distribution lines across the province.

“Wala po kaming tigil sa paglilinis ng ating mga distribution line, kung makikita po ninyo ang mga ito ay nasa vegetation area na hindi naman natin puwedeng putulin agad. Subalit handa po kami na putulin lahat basta maayos po natin ang mga permits at usapan sa mga may-ari ng lupa (We have been working hard to keep our distribution lines free from obstructions. However, if you noticed, some of it are in vegetation areas making it hard to clear. But still we are ready to clear them once all permits are settled and there has been coordination with the land owner),” Sol concluded. Philippine Information Agency

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