ZAMBOANGA CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has lifted the implementation of Manual Load Dropping (MLD) on all 69-kilovolt (KV) lines servicing seven electric cooperatives in three provinces.

The electric cooperatives include the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative; Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative; Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperatives 1 and 2; Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative Incorporated 1 and 2; and Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NGCP said the Baloi-Aurora 138-KV and Agus 5-Aurora 138-KV lines, particularly between Towers 22 and 23, “are now cleared from tall-grown trees and hazardous vegetation.”

The NGCP said its personnel completed the clearing activities at the two towers at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Tingin-Tingin, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

The implementation of MLD is a contingency measure implemented while Baloi-Aurora and Agus 5-Aurora 138-KV lines are on shutdown to pave way for the cutting of tall trees and hazardous vegetation.

MLD refers to the process of manually and deliberately removing pre-selected loads from a power system in response to an abnormal condition to maintain the integrity of the system.

On Nov. 14, the NGCP said the Baloi-Aurora and Agus 5-Aurora 138-KV lines tripped due to an uncooperative landowner refusing access to NGCP personnel to clear vegetation in Kauswagan town.

The NGCP expressed its appreciation to the Lanao del Norte provincial government and the security sector for the support and assistance that led to the completion of the line-clearing operation.

The NGCP continues to appeal to the public not to plant trees along power line corridors to prevent prolonged power interruptions. (PNA)