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NGCP await swift approval of law punishing ROW obstruction
by Press release

Power transmission operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is renewing its call for the expedited passage of the Anti-Power Line Disturbance Act as it reminded the public to observe right-of-way (ROW) clearances following several ROW breaches recorded recently, affecting NGCP’s power transmission services to its customers.

NGCP expressed concern over the recent spate of ROW violations that affected a lot of electric cooperatives and their consumer-members.

“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 ROW 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,” the NGCP stated in a release.

The company called on Congress to pass the Anti-Power Line Disturbance Act, which seeks to prevent obstructions and penalize the introduction of high-growing vegetation or hazardous improvements along power line corridors.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chair  of the Committee on Energy, recently sponsored Senate Bill 2098 or the Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act of 2018.

1-CARE Partylist Rep. Carlos Uybarreta, vice-chair of the Energy Committee, sponsored the counterpart of the bill, which was passed on Sept. 25, 2017.

“We are grateful to Sen. Gatchalian and Rep. Carlos Uybarreta for sponsoring the bills. We hope that this bill, when passed into law, will act as a deterrent to the public from breaching the required clearance around power transmission lines. Incidents like these will be prevented from happening. Not only will the continuous flow of power to homes, communities, and industries across the country be guaranteed, but injuries will also be minimized,” the NGCP added.


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