AFP, PNP to keep close watch over NGCP transmission towers

Jan. 19, 2016

DAVAO CITY – A government official assured that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are keeping a close watch over National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) towers nationwide.

According to reports, unidentified suspects used two bombs made from a 60mm mortar in an attempt to destroy NGCP’s Tower 63 at Purok 4 in Barangay Pagangan, in Aleosan, North Cotabato last Thursday. The attack damaged two of the tower’s four legs.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said President Aquino has instructed Energy Department Secretary Zenaida Monsada to meet with the interagency task force to determine the bombing incident as well as to discuss the right of way in places where NGCP towers are being installed in Mindanao.

The president’s instruction came after he attended the inauguration of the 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant here.

He said the DOE wants to improve the security of the transmission towers to prevent attacks from bandits.

He said the NGCP is also calling on the public to help the government in watching over the transmission lines.(

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