KIDAPAWAN CITY – Strong winds and heavy rains on Monday afternoon caused at least seven hours of power outage in North Cotabato, power firm executive said.
Engineer Godofredo Homez, general manager of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco), said the total blackout started when a Durian tree fell on their line along Barangay Magsaysay here, around 430 p.m., Monday.
However, their crew failed to restore the electricity after the line clearing.
Still, the 60KV line connected to Mount Apo failed to energize.
“Immediately, I dispatched several crew to double check the Mount Apo line, in particular along Barangay Ilomavis, this city, but to no avail,” Homez said.
Around 1130 p.m., or seven hours after the blackout started, the Cotelco decided to seek help from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Southwestern Mindanao to tap the Tacurong 69KV line to restore power in some areas.
While part of Kidapawan City, the province’s capital, was energized starting 1130 p.m., on Monday, vast of their service areas have no power until Tuesday morning, including towns of Magpet, Makilala, Tulunan, M’lang, President Roxas, Antipas, and Arakan.
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 12 said the strong winds and heavy rains on Monday were brought about by a tropical depression ‘Dante’ with a maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and its gustiness was up to 60 kph.