Thursday, June 5, 2014

Albayanos firmer, stronger after suffering from one-week power problem -- Salceda
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 4 (PNA) -- The Albayanos have become firmer and stronger in the face of challenges in life like natural calamities after the “Bitano Massacre” that the province of Albay, especially Legazpi City, has just experienced, Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said Wednesday.

By Bitano Massacre, Salceda was referring to the recent power outages that hit Legazpi City – the center of commerce and seat of the government’s regional offices, Manito town and some parts of Sto. Domingo in the second district of Albay.

The problem was brought about by the breakdown of the 35-year-old 20-MVA transformer of the Albay Power and Energy Corp.’s sub-station in Barangay Bitano, Legazpi City, which serves the four power feeders of the energy distribution company.

“I felt the sacrifices of my fellow Albayanos amid this problem because of the hot weather condition, but overcoming this situation by our concerted efforts to find solution, we have emerged sturdier and stronger,” the provincial chief executive stressed.

Salceda said the province will now have higher power-distribution capacity not only at Legazpi City sub-station but also at the Tabaco City sub-station.

He said the solution made by the APEC to this problem was impossible to have been done by the former Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) the name of the company under its old management.

“The new power capacity of Albay could be the envy of its neighboring province, being more reliable,” the governor said.

Quantitatively, he said, Albay will now have more power distribution capacity of 30 MVA plus the 10-MVA reserved transformer of the Embarcadero Land Ventures Inc. and another 1-MVA reserve transformer of Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc.

Qualitatively, we will have 30-MVA new transformer as against the old 20-MVA one.

“We are now more structurally resilient since Tabaco's old 10-MVA unit will be replaced with a new one not just Legazpi's old 20-MVA unit. Those are almost impossible under the old Aleco,” Salceda clarified. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/