NGCP prepares for 2019 Senatorial and Local elections

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines NGCP activated the 24/7 operations of its Overall Command Center from May 10 to 16, 2019 as part of its preparations to secure power transmission operations and facilities during this year’s Senatorial and Local elections.

Contingency plans are in place to monitor and quickly address any grid disturbance. Since May 13 has been declared a special non-working day, NGCP’s critical units, such as System Operations (SO) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M), remain fully staffed and operational.

Line crews, engineers, pilots, maintenance and testing, and other technical personnel are also strategically positioned in NGCP substations to respond to line trippings, should these occur.

“NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other measures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities to be affected by emergencies or important national events. With its security and contingency preparations set, NGCP can ensure reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date,” NGCP said in a statement.

The Overall Command Center is already activated as of 29 April, operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., monitoring grid disturbances and the overall power situation per directive of NGCP’s Power Task Force Election, a special team formed to ensure the security and reliability of the transmission network across the country during the elections.

As early as March this year, the PTFE already set out with various activities in preparation for the coming election season.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.