DOE yet to determine cause of blackout in Mindanao

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

MALACANANG on Thursday ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine the cause of the power blackout that hit Mindanao.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the DOE was yet to provide the Palace a report regarding the cause of the tripping as its priority is to restore the power supply in those areas affected.

"DOE's priority is to get power back and they will investigate the cause of the blackout after," she said.

Quoting Petilla, Valte said the DOE's target was to restore power in all the provinces affected by the end of the day.

As of 1 p.m., she said the Energy chief reported that 70 percent of the Mindanao grid was already back to its original capacity.

"They cannot pinpoint the cause of the tripping right now but will work on finding it once power is restored," she said.

The National Grid Corporation (NGCP) reported that Mindanao experienced loss of power at 3:53 a.m.

"NGCP is still determining the cause and is working to restore the power transmission service to all power customers in Mindanao," it said in a statement.

But as of 9:30 a.m., NGCP said transmission service was restored in Davao City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Pagadian City, Cagayan de Oro City, and parts of Misamis Oriental. (SDR/Sunnex)

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