Updated February 22, 2017, 10:59 AM By Liezle Basa
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is requesting the local court to extend by 20 more days the temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued last week, which allowed the NGCP to conduct maintenance and repair of its power lines at a property owned by former Tuguegarao City Mayor Delfin Ting.
Issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 in Tuguegarao City last February 17, the TRO paved the way for NGCP to do repair works on two transmission towers in a private lot, whose owner has long been not cooperative with the power transmission operator.
NGCP North Luzon Communications Officer Lilibeth Gaydowen explained that the two power transmission lines (woodpole structures 39 and 40) are in danger of possible collapse due to “excessive excavations in the lot where they stand.”
If not addressed, there is a big risk of tripping of the power lines that will cause large areas of Cagayan, including the entire province of Apayao, to lose electricity, Gaydowen said.
She said the court issued the TRO so that NGCP personnel could do the corrective structural measures inside Ting’s private lot where his Deltra Multi Corporation allegedly conducted excavations.
NGCP has resorted to asking the court intervention because of the refusal of Ting to allow access into his property unless NGCP pays rental for the temporary right of way (ROW) easement and additional payment for the ROW of a new transmission line project, the Tuguegarao-Magapit 230 KV line.
Gaydowen said the NGCP is now seeking an extension of the TRO so that the repair work needed could be fully implemented and completed.