Prepared for brownouts: NGCP opens command center for Marcos’ SONA

Bilyonaryos behind the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) are stepping up their watch on transmission lines on the day of President Bongbong Marcos’ first State of the Nation Address.

In a statement, NGCP said it opened its overall command center beginning 7 a.m. of Monday, July 25 until 7 p.m., or hours after Marcos’ speech in Batasan.

As of 10 a.m., the NGCP said its facilities are under normal operations and no blackouts are expected.

“NGCP’s own contingency plans are in place to monitor and immediately address any grid disturbance,” the private operator owned by Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyuito said.

“Line crews, engineers, pilots, maintenance and testing, and other technical personnel are also strategically positioned in NGCP substations to respond to line trippings, if any,” it added. “NGCP assures the public of reliable power transmission services during this significant event.”

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