Massive power blackout hits Mindanao

Karlos Manlupig

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Massive power blackout hits Mindanao
(UPDATED) The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is still trying to pinpoint the cause of the power outage

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A massive power outage hit Mindanao on Easter dawn, April 5, engulfing the entire island in darkness.

Initial reports said the power went out minutes past midnight affecting many areas including Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Agusan, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Surigao City, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Maguindanao and Cotabato City.

In a statement late Sunday morning, the NGCP said the power loss started at 1:01 am.

It added that power transmission to affected customers was restored at around 7:50 am, and substations resumed normal operations.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla later confirmed that the blackout was island-wide. Initial reports pointed to a line tripping at the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power complex in Lanao del Sur as the starting point of the blackout.

As of noon, power restoration in the island was at around 80-90%, Petilla said.

“The grid operation remains in close communication with the local electric cooperatives and distribution utilities which are in the process of normalizing their own systems now,” the NGCP said.

“NGCP is still investigating the cause and extent of the incident,” the statement added.

The energy department has formed a team to investigate the matter. –

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