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‘Hospitalized’ NGCP chief skips Senate hearing on China role in power grid

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:22 PM

'We do acknolwedge his medical condition, assuming that it's true and confirmed,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian as he suspends the 21-minute hearing

'AT THE HOSPITAL'. Mr. Anthony Almeda, president and CEO of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines at the Senate hearing on February 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros asks for cybersecurity audit of 'China-controlled' NGCP

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says: 'Ang chairman Chinese, halos lahat ng contractors Chinese, ang systems software made in China, at ang training sa China. Pero dapat magtiwala at maniwala tayo na ito ay 'Filipino-run'?'

INVESTIGATE. Senator Risa Hontiveros says the concession agreement and the legislative franchise of the NGCP should be reviewed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Defense, energy departments to probe Chinese control of power lines

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.

PUTTING UP A TEAM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the defense and energy departments will probe reports of Chinese control of the Philippines' power transmission lines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says he'll 'quarrel' with China if it shuts down PH power

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

But the Philippine leader thinks China won't do such a thing because it would damage the Asian giant's reputation and because it sees its stake in the NGCP as a business

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2019 Model Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China dismisses fears it can control Philippines power supply

Nov 28, 2019 - 1:32 PM

'There is no need to worry about the sky falling or imagine trouble where there is none,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang

'COMPLETELY GROUNDLESS.' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denies threats it can shut down the Philippines' power supply through the stake of a state-owned company in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. Photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Probe sought over concern China can shut down Philippine power

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros asks the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the potential threat of China shutting off the Philippines' supply of electricity

PROBING OUR POWER SYSTEMS. Senator Risa Hontiveros alleges there are reports Chinese engineers are illegally operating our power grid, and the Philippine government no longer has access to them. Photo by Rappler.

China control of NGCP 'cause for concern' – Carpio

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio warns this is especially the case if the Chinese themselves handle the maintenance of the Philippines' power supply

CONCERN. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government should look into China's stake in the NGCP. Rappler Screenshot

NGCP wants customers to shoulder P10.6-million damage from bad weather

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines wants to recover P10.6 million to rehabilitate facilities damaged by rain and floods in July 2018


NGCP, Meralco: Measures in place for power supply during elections

May 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says it is ready to ensure 'reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date.' Meralco also has contingency plans.

A lineman fixes the current connections along Mendez Road, in Barangay Baesa, Quezon City on May 2, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NGCP raises red alert over Luzon grid

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Rotational brownouts may occur on Monday, April 29, due to low power supply in the Luzon grid

Red alert raised in Luzon grid for 4th straight day

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:45 AM

The Luzon grid is still struggling to keep up with energy demand amid the summer heat

Luzon grid on red alert for 3rd straight day

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

A red alert means there is insufficient power supply in the grid and rotational brownouts could occur

After strong earthquake, Luzon grid on red alert

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake wreaks havoc on Luzon's power system

What you need to know about power advisories

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Department of Energy says the short-term answers are not enough to address the recent power shortages.

Red alert raised for 4th time in Luzon grid

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Meralco is again implementing rotational brownouts in parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna due to low power supply on Monday, April 15

Red alert raised in Luzon grid for 3rd straight day

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Meralco warns of brownouts lasting up to 3 hours amid the scorching summer heat

Luzon grid placed under red alert

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The NGCP places the Luzon grid under red alert as it expects higher demand and low power supply reserves

Government signs agreement to start public Wi-Fi project

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The agreement will jumpstart the work to build Wi-Fi connections in 'public places, including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government offices, hospitals, train stations, airports, and seaports nationwide'

PUBLIC WI-FI. The Department of Communication and Telecommunications (DICT), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) sign a tripartite agreement on June 8, 2018, to start the Duterte administration's national broadband project. Photo courtesy of TransCo

Henry Sy Jr retires early from NGCP

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The son of the country's richest man leaves the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines 'to focus on his real estate business'

NGCP, DICT agree to partner for National Broadband Program

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The fiber optic network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be used for the program

DICT raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

NGCP offers to let DICT use fiber optic network for free

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines writes an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is 'willing and eager' to help develop the National Broadband Network

Bohol braces for 15-hour blackout on December 2

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The Saturday blackout, one of the handfuls the tourist destination province has experienced this year, is due to a scheduled maintenance work by NGCP

10 firms eye partnering with TransCo for telco entry

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Meanwhile, local carrier PT&T writes to TransCo, signifying its interest to enter into a lease agreement with the state-run firm

WANTED: 3RD MAJOR PLAYER. State-run TransCo is one of the companies that wants to compete with two telecommunications giants: Globe Telecom and PLDT. Rappler file photo

TransCo plans to diversify into telecoms, compete with the giants

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:10 PM

To implement its plan, the state-run firm will have to ask Congress to amend its charter so it could offer telecommunications services and products

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to TransCo impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services. File photo

Luzon power grid on yellow alert again

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A Meralco executive expresses concern over the frequent incidence of yellow alerts, but the Department of Energy says there is no cause for alarm

FREQUENT. Yellow alert is a situation when reserve power falls below the required level. Reserves are inadequate to cover the largest running generating unit at the time but does not necessarily lead to power outages. Rappler file photo

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Visayas power grid placed on red alert status anew

Aug 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In its consumer bulletin the NGCP revealed the available capacity for the Visayas grid from 5 pm to 10 pm stood at 1 828 megawatts MW against a peak power demand of 1 840 MW

NGCP POWER SUBSTATION. One of the power substations in Leyte, which is owned and managed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). File photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler.

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

2 dead in strong Leyte earthquake

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:40 PM

4th UPDATE A woman dies after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City A body is also retrieved after a building collapsed in the municipality of Kananga

SC asked to stop NGCP acquisition of SSS lot in Pasay

May 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

SSS and NGCP have different interpretations of Republic Act 10752 – the Act of Facilitating the Acquisition of Right of Way Site or Location for National Government Infrastructure Projects

File photo of NGCP transmission lines

NGCP still keen on Visayas-Mindanao grid connection

May 07, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The private firm says it can complete the P52 billion project by 2020 if it gets the go signal immediately but it will also give way if the government decides to handle the project

Muntinlupa fire triggers SLEX traffic jam

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:20 PM

3rd UPDATE A fire hits a residential area in Muntinlupa causing a transmission tower to lean toward the Alabang flyover and prompting the temporary closure of the Alabang viaduct

Luzon on power 'yellow alert' after series of earthquakes – DOE

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED The NGCP lifts red alert status for the Luzon power grid past 3 pm Monday April 10 But the energy department warns the Luzon grid might not be spared from brownouts this summer due to tight electricity supply

RED ALERT. NGCP says available capacity was set at 9,300 megawatts (MWs) compared to the peak demand of 9,370 MWs. Red alert means there is a power deficiency, while a yellow alert means reserves are thin

News Briefs: March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 2

Damage to SURNECO distribution lines 'minimal' after Surigao quake

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

It is expected that 90 will be energized as soon as NGCP restores power the energy department says in a statement

#NinaPH: Areas with power outages

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Areas in Calabarzon Mimaropa and Bicol experienced blackouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina Nock ten

Satellite image as of December 26, 5 am. Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

May 2016 polls blamed for Luzon power blackouts

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Despite the recent blackouts in Luzon Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assures the public there is no looming power crisis

2016 ELECTIONS. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the May 2016 polls is the main reason for the simultaneous shutdown of power plants causing blackouts in Luzon. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Gov't to cut red tape to bring in more power plants

Aug 16, 2016 - 1:34 PM

The Department of Energy is eyeing a shorter application process for new industry players to fast track construction of new power plants and ensure enough power supply until 2030

RED TAPE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the government is eyeing to cut red tape to usher in the entry of more power plants in the country. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Private engineers to help with DOE audit for free

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem [of blackouts] says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as his department signs an agreement with electrical engineers

DOE tapping private engineers for audit of Luzon power plants

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Department of Energy also reminds the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to prepare for forced outages

DOE probing power utilities' violations amid blackouts

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED As more power outages hit Luzon the Department of Energy orders an investigation into power utilities and an inspection of power plants

Senate to probe Luzon power blackouts

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:34 PM

UPDATED What we want is to determine what really happened and come out with legislation to prevent this type of collusion from happening says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian committee on energy chairman

SENATE INQUIRY. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto files a resolution ordering the committee on energy to conduct a probe into the simultaneous power interruptions in Luzon.

Luzon on yellow alert, forced outage in 2 plants

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:20 PM

The alert is a result of the forced outage of 122 megawatts of the SLTEC plant and 300 MW Block B of the Ilijan Natural Gas Power Plant

Central Luzon warned of possible power problems May 9

May 08, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Some affected landowners in Nueva Ecija stop NGCP from conducting clearing operations of untrimmed trees and plants underneath transmission lines

CRUCIAL. Planting of trees and other activities beneath transmission lines adversely affect power delivery to Central Luzon, NGCP says. File photo by Rappler

Bacolod '100% ready' for polls as VCMs arrive

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Some 800 out of the 2 556 vote counting machines for Negros Occidental have been successfully transferred

ELECTION READY. Photo by Claudia Gancayco/ Rappler

Meralco: Power distribution network '96% ready' for elections

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The utility firm also says it has contingency measures in case of blackouts on May 9

Nueva Ecija towns to experience 9-hour brownout March 10

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The NGCP says the areas that will be affected by the 8 am to 5 pm power interruption are the areas serviced by the San Jose City Electric Cooperative the Pantabangan Municipal Electric Services and the Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative NEECO Area 1

POWER TRANSMISSION. Rappler File Photo.

‘Police power’ tapped to stop election blackouts

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:06 PM

In an ‘extraordinary measure ’ the Comelec deputizes the AFP and PNP to help in fixing electric towers in Mindanao despite the refusal of landowners

COMELEC CHECKPOINT. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (3rd from right) joins PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez (left) on January 9, 2016, during the ceremonial opening of the Comelec checkpoints along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler