Massive power outage hits Visayas

A LARGE part of the Visayas was plunged into darkness at close to midnight Friday, August 20, 2021.

System operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said an unscheduled power interruption is affecting parts of Cebu, Leyte-Samar and Bohol.

The lights went out at 11:56 p.m. Friday.

NGCP said it will issue a more detailed report as soon as all relevant data are consolidated.

As of 1 a.m. Saturday, August 21, NGCP Visayas spokesperson Betty Martinez said they were “still awaiting whole picture from our system operations.”

“They are still busy restoring lines and sub grids. Will send a more detailed advisory once all data are available,” she said.

Visayan Electric in an advisory said “only some parts of Minglanilla, Naga and San Fernando in Visayan Electric franchise area currently have power. The rest of the areas in the franchise have no power as of the moment.

Engr. Jose Rey Maleza of the Department of Energy-Visayas said that some affected transmission lines in Cebu is now slowly going back.

“Restoration in other areas soon to follow,” he said.

He advised the public to unplug the appliances to prevent power surge.

“It’s advisable to prevent power surge especially on high wattage appliances like ref and freezer,” Maleza said. (MVI/HBL/SunStar Philippines)