QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After a series of water service interruption, Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon will experience yet another interruption, this time on electricity.
This, after the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced power service interruption in several areas of the National Capital Region and nearby provinces in Luzon.
Meralco said this is due to various maintenance works to be conducted in these areas.
According to Meralco’s announcement on its Facebook page, power interruption will be as follows:
Caloocan City (Bagumbong and Camarin), April 2, Tuesday, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
This is due to the line reconductoring works and replacement of rotten poles in Senate Housing Subd., Bagumbong, Caloocan City;
Manila (Sta. Ana and Sta. Mesa), April 1, Monday, between 7:00am and 7:30am.
Reason for this is the retirement of facilities affected by on-going Skyway construction along New Panaderos St. in Sta. Ana, Manila.
Manila (Sampaloc), April 2 – 3, Tuesday to Wednesday, from 11:30pm (Tue., 04/02/19) to 5:30am (Wed., 04/03/19)
Reason: Line conversion works along P. Noval St. in Sampaloc, Manila.
Manila (Sta. Mesa) and Quezon City (Doña Imelda), April 3, Wednesday, from 9:00 to 9:30am, and from 2:30 to 3:00pm; between 9:00am and 3:00pm
This is due to the relocation of facilities and line reconductoring works along Guadalcanal St. in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Manila (Sampaloc), April 4 – 5, Thursday to Friday, between 11:30pm (Thu., 04/04/19) and 5:30am (Fri., 04/05/19) .
This is because of the line conversion works along Nicanor Roxas St. (Laong Laan) in Sampaloc, Manila.
Pasig City (Manggahan), March 31 – April 1, Sunday to Monday, between 11:30pm (Sun., 03/31/19) And 4:30am (Mon., 04/01/19).
Reason: Relocation of facilties along Caruncho Road in Bgy. Manggahan, Pasig City.
Bulacan (San Ildefonso and San Miguel); Pampanga (Candaba)
April 3 – 4, Wednesday to Thursday; from 11:30pm (Wed., 04/03/19) to 12:01am (Thu., 04/04/19), and then from 6:00 to 6:30am (Thu., 04/04/19)
Reason: Maintenance works inside Meralco – San Miguel substation.
Bulacan (Norzagaray and San Jose Del Monte City), April 6, Saturday, between 1:00am and 2:00am, and from 5:00am to 6:00am.
This shall be brought about by the repair works inside Meralco – Sapang Palay substation.
Laguna (Liliw; Nagcarlan; Pila; And Sta. Cruz), April 2, Tuesday, from 12:01 to 12:15am, and from 7:00 to 7:15am
Reason for this will be the maintenance works inside Meralco – Sta. Cruz substation. – Maris Federez
Meralco on general alert during elections
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in on general alert during elections on Monday (May 13) in case there will be a power outage.
Despite assurance there will be no power outages during elections, Meralco has prepared 150 generator sets in various franchise office.
They also prepared 300 flood flights which can be used in polling precincts in case of power interruption. 300 Meralco linemen will also make rounds in various areas to fix electricity lines, posts, and transformers.
“Itong Lunes nasa status kami ng general alert (On Monday, we will be on general alert) and those in the field will be ready to respond in any given situation,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.
Meralco also reminds personnel manning the polling precincts to make sure all electrical wiring is in good condition and avoid octopus wiring which is one of the main cause of brownout.
Avoid using appliances that consumes too much electricity to avoid overloading.
In case of brownout or electricity emergencies, contact Meralco through their social media or call 1622-8118. They can also message Meralco.
Meralco will make sure there is enough power supply in canvassing centers.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
Consumers to save 27 centavos per kWh in May
MANILA, Philippines – Consumers will get to save from electricity charges next month as Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announces rate cuts in May.
Meralco on Tuesday (May 7) said it will charge households P10.28 per kilowatt hour (kWh) next month which is P0.272 lower than electricity rates in April.
That means a P55-pesos saving for household consumption of 200 kWh; P82 pesos cheaper for a consumption of 300 kWh; P100 pesos savings for households consuming up to 400 kWh; and P136 pesos savings for those who consume up to 500 kWh.
Meralco said the power rate reduction can be attributed to the drop in generation charges and transmission charges.
“Ang nangyari (ay) kabaliktaran. Bumaba ang presyuhan ng kuryente, (Power charges went down.)” noted Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.
“Ito po’y sapagkat ang ating power supply agreement ay bumaba ng 51 centavos per kilowatt hour. Iyong mga independent power producers ay nagkaroon rin ng pagbawas sa kanilang singilin na 75 centavos per kilowatt hour, (This was the result of a drop in power supply agreements by 51 centavos per kWh. Independent power producers also reduced their power rates by 75 centavos per kWh,)” he added.
Meralco added that power rate reduction would have been lower if not for the thinning of power supply in April.
Meralco noted that the Luzon grid was placed under yellow alert status
seven times and also reached red alert status seven times in the month of April.
The power distributor is uncertain, however, if power rate reduction would continue even after next month. – (with details from Joan Nano) Marje Pelayo
3-hour power interruptions burden residents in Metro Manila, parts of Luzon
Barangay Sto. Cristo, Quezon City resident Marie Louise Cacapit and her child spent the night inside their car because of the power interruption in their area.
“Sa sasakyan kami natulog para malamigan lang. Wala na ngang tubig wala ng kuryente napakinit pa ng panahon, maiiyak kana sa sobrang init, (We slept in the car just to cool ourselves off. There’s no water, no power and then with this heat)” she said.
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Residents in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon experienced a three-hour power outage, according to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
Carmelito Inocencio, also a resident of Barangay Sto. Cristo Quezon City slept on the floor because of the extreme heat.
“Sobra talagang init grabe talaga, sa sahig na ako umano—sa semento para mahanginan, dito ako malamigan, (It was too hot, I slept on the floor just to feel the cold)” he said.
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Thousands of residents in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon region including Caloocan, Parañaque, and parts of Bulacan and Cavite were affected by the three-hour power interruption.
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) declared a red alert status on Friday (April 12) for 13 hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
NGCP’s data showed that power demand peaked at 10,334 megawatts while the available capacity is only 10,220 megawatts.
The Manila Electric Company (Meraclo) will have three-hour rotational power interruption for its customers to compensate for the low power reserve.
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Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said there is not enough power reserves.
“Ngayon negative, ibig sabihin wala na talaga tayong mapagkukunang reserba. In fact, deficiency na tayo. Kapag sinabing red alert it means wala ka nang makukuhang reserba para punuan ang pagkukulang, (Now it’s negative. Meaning we have no reserves. In fact, there is a deficiency [in supply]. Red alert means there are no more reserves to fill the demand)” he said.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE) they did not expect the power supply situation to reach the red alert status.
DOE Spokesperson Usec. Felix William Fuentebella said four power plants already shutdown.
“Nagkaroon ng shutdown, nadagdag itong planta na bumigay. So apat na planta plus this on 150MW lumala sitwasyon, (Another power plant shut down. So from four power plants that shutdown plus this one. The situation is getting worse)” he said.
The energy department expects a new alert status by Saturday (April 13).
They also hope that the power situation in the Luzon region will become normal by Wednesday (April 17), when some power plants are expected to resume operations after their temporary shutdown.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)