Power coops assure no outages during today’s polls

NEGROS. Electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental assure that there will be no power interruptions during the national and local elections today, May 9. (Romel Azucena Photo)
NEGROS. Electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental assure that there will be no power interruptions during the national and local elections today, May 9. (Romel Azucena Photo)

THE Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco) and Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco) have assured of uninterrupted power as Negrenses troop to various polling precincts to cast their votes today, May 9.

Jocelyn Garcia, manager of the corporate communications and services department of Noceco, said they had been prepared as early as last month for the elections.

In fact, Garcia said, they formed a task force to check if the electric lines in various polling centers are serviceable.

She said that they also sent out letters to Commission on Elections (Comelec) officers from the Pulupandan to Hinoba-an, informing them of the focal persons to contact for power-related concerns.

“Our line and maintenance crew members were reinforced while our nine substations were manned by at least two crewmen,” Garcia also said.

For their part, Noneco’s Corporate Planning Manager Anthony Lagrada said they are also prepared for today’s elections.

The power distribution utility assigned its linemen in different polling precincts to ensure that there will be no power disruption.

Lagrada said they also formed an election task force to monitor the power situations in the areas they service, from Victorias City to San Carlos City.

He said that they utilized all their linemen and technical personnel for immediate response as well as monitoring of power situations.

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), meanwhile, deployed additional security guards for their sub-stations to ensure its safety.

The largest electric cooperative caters to consumers in cities of Bacolod, Bago, Silay and Talisay, and the towns of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto.

Unice Pasaylo-Castillon, information and promotion coordinator of Ceneco, said their Emergency Response Team is on 24-hour operation while the number of their crew who are ready to respond in case of emergencies were doubled.*

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