By PR | 01:30 PM December 18, 2020
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Friday said that it has implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Tropical Depression Vicky on transmission operations and facilities.
In a statement, the power system operator and transmission service provider said preparations include ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damage to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal number 1 was raised on Friday over Bohol provimce and several areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to Tropical Depression Vicky 210 kilometers east of Davao City, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said the tropical depression is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph, moving west-northwestward at 15 kph.