By Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 23, 2017 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has completed the restoration of its Alabang tower 10 days ahead of schedule.
In a statement yesterday, NGCP said permanent restoration of tower 34 of Biñan-Muntinlupa 230kV line was completed last May 21, earlier than the May 31 target date.
“NGCP is pleased to announce tower 34’s permanent restoration, without interruption of power supply and with minimal disruption to traffic in the area while the restoration works were in progress,” NGCP said.
The collapsed tower was lifted and attached to its original location after the reconstruction of its tower base, according to the NGCP.
“A permanent fence will also be built to protect the tower’s right of way and prevent similar incidents in the future,” it said.
As of May 22, the Alabang northbound exit of the South Luzon Expressway is now open to traffic.
NGCP said the early restoration of the collapsed tower was driven by its hardworking linemen and engineers.
“Their hard work and dedication to ensure the safety of the tower and the immediate vicinity, while fasttracking the tower repair, enabled us to complete the activity earlier than scheduled. They are truly our heroes in hardhats,” the company said.
Moreover,the NGCP said it is ready to respond to similar situations as it continues its appeal to local government units, community leaders, and the public to support the company’s transmission line safety advocacy by clearing right of way violations for the safety of life and property, and to keep the integrity of the grid.