More Electric and Power Corporation (More Power Iloilo) President and COO Roel Z. Castro responds to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas’ plea to stop any improvement operation while the city is under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Stopping rehabilitation efforts will cancel scheduled power interruptions for the meantime and will keep residents inside their homes. Read more: Vaccine in Iloilo City (Live Updates)
“I am requesting More Power to stop any improvement in the distribution lines of the city while we are under MECQ, and most of the Ilonggos are staying at home,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas – this after scheduled power interruptions have forced Ilongos out of their homes due to the sweltering heat.
Here is Roel Z. Castro, More President, response:
“In reply to Mayor Jerry Treñas’ appeal for MORE Power to currently stop any improvement in our distribution lines while Iloilo City is under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, please be informed that we are suspending all our scheduled maintenance activities to avoid power interruptions at the moment.
Rest assured that we are of the same objective for the continuity of the lives of everyone in these difficult times and if it requires of us to momentarily defer the developments needed to ensure the improvement of our distribution lines as part of our modernization program, we are heeding that call to play our part.
We understand that under the MECQ status, it will require most of the city population to stay in their homes to impede the spread of the virus, making everyone fully dependent on utilities including electricity to go on with their lives.
We have to note, however, that since our entire system is still undergoing process of normalization due to the switching of our 69 KV transmission line situated at Brgy. Banuyao, Lapaz, and with all our substations connected to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) starting today, there could be unscheduled outages but be rest assured that we have our stand-by Quick Response Teams to handle the unexpected interruption that might occur from this day onwards. Again, we have to emphasize that we have deferred our scheduled maintenance services.
We assure everyone that MORE Power is always ready and will work to implement our business continuity plan to distribute the needed power at these very challenging times.”