Pass the anti-power line dis­tur­bance act, NGCP urges

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

POWER trans­mis­sion op­er­a­tor Na­tional Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines (NGCP) is re­new­ing its call to ex­pe­dite the pas­sage of the Anti-power Line Dis­tur­bance Act.

It also re­minded the pub­lic to ob­serve right-ofway clear­ances fol­low­ing sev­eral row breaches recorded re­cently, af­fect­ing NGCP’S power trans­mis­sion ser­vices to its cus­tomers.

NGCP ex­pressed con­cern over the re­cent spate of right-of-way vi­o­la­tions. “We have been very se­ri­ous in the con­duct of our in­for­ma­tion and safety cam­paigns in the com­mu­ni­ties near our trans­mis­sion fa­cil­i­ties. But our ef­forts are of­ten ig­nored be­cause there is no le­gal con­se­quence to breach­ing safety clear­ances. These breaches in right-of-way not only threaten the re­li­a­bil­ity of the trans­mis­sion sys­tem, causing un­nec­es­sary in­con­ve­nience to power cus­tomers but also risks the lives of any­one in­volved or liv­ing near the area,” stressed NGCP.

The com­pany called on the leg­isla­tive body for the im­me­di­ate pas­sage of the bill, which seeks to pre­vent ob­struc­tions and pe­nal­ize the in­tro­duc­tion of high­grow­ing veg­e­ta­tion or haz­ardous im­prove­ments along power line cor­ri­dors.

Sen­a­tor Sher­win Gatchalian, chair­per­son of the Se­nate com­mit­tee on en­ergy, re­cently spon­sored the Se­nate ver­sion of the said act while Con­gress­man Car­los Uy­bar­reta, vice chair of the House en­ergy com­mit­tee, spon­sored its coun­ter­part bill in the lower house./pr

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