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NGCP intensifies safety campaign

April 22 - 28, 2017

MAASIN CITY – The flying of kites near transmission lines and the climbing of transmission towers this summer season are dangerous and strictly prohibited
according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Corporate Affairs Division Head for Visayas Maria Edna Legaspina, said that the NGCP had been intensifying its information campaign on safety measures that people should observe this summer season.

Legapina reiterated NGCP’s call for the care and protection of its power transmission lines in Southern Leyte to ensure public safety, especially in the rural barangay communities.

“The public must be aware of the safety regulations that would prevent cases of electrocution, accidents and power outages,” she said in a press conference with the members of the local media last April 19.

Parents are advised to monitor their children to avoid hovering their kites near transmission lines, while farmers are also reminded to be cautious whenever passing through NGCP structures and carrying long sticks or poles that may come in contact with the power lines.

Building grass fires, installing TV antennas and banderitas near the lines are strictly not allowed.

Planting of trees under transmission lines and towers are also discouraged as the branches and twigs might come in contact and tangle with high-voltage power lines.

Vegetation and the unsupervised trimming of trees is reported to be the major causes of power tripping and brownouts in the province, especially in the Pacific areas.

Southern Leyteños are requested to report to NGCP any incident of leaning and damaged poles or towers and sagging power lines for NGCP’s immediate repair.

“Most importantly, do not build houses or any structure under the lines,” Legaspina ended the safety tips.

In case of any transmission lines accident, bring the victim to the nearest hospital or clinic and report the incident to the local police or barangay officials. (By: DAHLIA ABIERA ORIT)






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