LAOAG CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday advised consumers and the general public to brace for a 12-hour scheduled power interruption on Thursday, affecting some parts of the province.

In a public advisory, Jenny Afroilan, principal specialist of NGCP said the affected areas cover this city and the towns of Burgos, Piddig, Dingras, and Marcos from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The reason for the power interruption is due to the annual preventive maintenance and testing and corrective activities of equipment at the Laoag substation,” said Afroilan.

As frequently observed, many residents here tend to go out of their homes during a power outage to avoid heat and boredom.

Some of them are spotted on the province’s public beaches or in river resorts especially since the country’s dry season has already started.

So far, the highest recorded heat index this year has reached 53 degrees Celsius in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on March 17. (PNA)