Energy chief orders monitoring of power facilities due to ‘Nina’

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has ordered the monitoring of power facilities following the entry of Severe Tropical Storm Nina early Friday.

Cusi said in a statement Friday that the department has tapped power-grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP)and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to prepare the necessary measures for the quick restoration of power facilities that will be affected by the storm, which is expected to make landfall over the Bicol region between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

He noted that Task Force Kapatid will be activated despite the holidays, to prepare the mobilization of assets for repairs.

Cusi also urged electric cooperatives, especially those within the track of the storm, to ready their contingency measures and to coordinate with government agencies and local government units.

The energy chief further called on oil firms to ensure their inventory of fuels to protect consumers from delayed services.

He also appealed to the public to report incidents affecting power supply facilities and to exercise emergency and safety measures, such as charging flashlights and mobile phones, following the news, switching off circuit breakers and other electrical systems to avoid electrical mishaps, and checking electrical systems to avoid short circuits.

"We should not downplay the possible impact of Tropical Storm Nina. We have to consistently prepare and ensure that the generation, transmission, distribution and oil facilities are all operational before, during and even after the storm. The DOE is committed to work for the Filipinos to enjoy the holidays despite the coming of the typhoon," Cusi said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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