No power outage in Mindanao on Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

ILIGAN CITY -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the generation sector Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (former National Power Corporation) in Mindanao assured the people in the island that there will be no power outage during the Floyd Mayweather and Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao fight on May 3.

In a phone interview, Eugene Vicar, head of NGCP Mindanao Systems Operations, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday afternoon that everyone can witness the “fight of the century.”

"The NGCP in Mindanao did not approve any preventive maintenance systems activities on May 3 as the NGCP fully supports the big event," Vicar added.

Vicar said that some of the NGCP, Psalm officials, electric cooperatives, independent power producers and technical experts are in Davao City yesterday, April 30 on a one day annual "table top" simulation activity with workshop.

"This aims to draw out some strategies and mitigation measures in case of emergency that would affect the generation facilities and transmission lines in Mindanao," Vicar said.

Lawyer Romer Pacilan, spokesperson of Psalm in Mindanao region, said there will be no preventive maintenance system in all of the hydropower plants in Agus and Pulangui complexes and the IPPs on May 3.

Thousands of Filipinos are ready to witness and cheers with Pacman in a pay per view live telecast.

Even the military brigade command under the 1st Infantry Tabak Division and private business establishments are also preparing their own generator sets as backup in case of sudden or unexpected power interruption.

Brigadier General Gerry F. Barrientos, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, said: "As part of the spectacle of the week-long 79th founding anniversary of Tabak, we are preparing for a pay-per-view inside the gymnasium and it shall be open for the soldiers and their dependents so they could witness the fight of the century."


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