MANILA – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been attempting to erect the collapsed transmission tower in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The tower collapsed after a fire gutted residential houses on Wednesday.
Line men tried to pull the tower upward using a crane. However, they had difficulty bringing the tower back to its upright position as it is 34-tons heavy.
The NGCP has already installed an emergency restoration system in the area to replace the damaged transmission tower.
The power cables from the damaged tower were transferred to the new posts so as not to affect the power supply in the area.
If the tower can longer be restored or used, line men suggest possible dismantling.
Meanwhile the local government of Muntinlupa clarified that they have tried relocating the residents living near the tower once before.
“But the residents are really stubborn. They always return there,” said Muntinlupa City Social Services Department head, Annalyn Mercado.
Some residents admit that they have once been told to vacate the area.
Marietta Rivas, a resident, said, “We have nowhere else to go. NAPOCOR visited us once, and told us to leave saying it’s dangerous for us to stay there.”
Based on the NGCP’s regulation, any establishment must be at least 20-meters away from an NGCP tower.
The local government of Muntinlupa city has already provided the fire-affected residents with food, clothes and other needs.— Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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