Senator Grace Poe has called on concerned agencies and private companies to find ways to restore power in Western Visayas at the most expedient time.

“Hindi katanggap-tanggap na nangangapa na naman sa dilim ang ating mga kababayan sa Panay Island,” she said in a statement on Thursday, Jan. 4.

“Kawawa ang mga nasa bahay, mga estudyante, negosyo at maging ang operasyon ng lokal na pamahalaan,” the senator added.

According to Poe, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) should have learned from the blackout that happened in the region in April last year.

NGCP, which is 40 percent owned by the State Grid Corporation of China, operates the country’s power transmission grid.

“They should have been better prepared for any system disturbance and avert such with efficient planning and utilization of resources,” she said.

“Dapat may managot sa panibagong blackout na ito na nagpapahirap sa mga tao,” Poe stressed.

The region has been experiencing a massive power outage since Tuesday, January 2, due to the tripping of the major plants in Panay Island.

In a statement, NGCP blamed the power outage on the unscheduled maintenance shutdowns of maintenance shutdowns of the largest power plants in Panay.IMT

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