NGCP bats for law on bigger fines for damaged power lines

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is hoping for the immediate passage of the Anti-Power Line Disturbance Act to minimize unscheduled power interruptions, especially in Mindanao.

The act seeks to penalize the violators with imprisonment of up to six years or a fine of P100,000. The NGCP received reports that some residents are intentionally planting vegetation near power lines to increase their land prices.
Other residents are also refusing to cut their trees due for sentimental values as explained by Mae Roselle Curiano, Michael Ligalig, the NGCP regional communications and public affairs officer.
“For Davao Region, the main problem is in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte,” he said during the Kapehan sa Davao in SM City Davao on Monday, adding that coconut and banana plantations damage power lines.
“The transmission lines (in this area) are constructed as early as the 1970s and 1980s with 69 kV line which is shorter than the newly built transmission lines with 230 kV,” Ligalig said.
Curiano clarified that they are not restricting the residents from planting trees but they should also be aware of the damage the trees can cause.
For instance, they are recommending that trees around power lines should never be taller than three meters.
“In behalf of the NGCP, we ask the support of the public to help us in the dissemination of our public safety campaigns,” Ligalig said.
People who witnessed any right-of-way violations may report to the NGCP hotline at 0917 847 6427 for Globe and 0918 847 6427 for Smart.

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