By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
THE daily brownouts in Jose Panganiban, mostly occurring two to three times a night, will end soon.
This was the good news from Cesar Brondia, director for Jose Panganiban of the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (Canoreco).
Brondia told MWBuzz that the daily brownouts plaguing the municipality's 9,000 subscribers comprising residential, commercial and industrial users are expected to end by June.
"A new 5MVA-power substation which is now being constructed at a 500-square meter property at Baranggay Sta Rosa Sur will be completed by the end of this month (May)," according to Brondia.
"It would be put on stream immediately after," he said.
Brondia said that the frequent brownouts are caused by an overload of power caused by a number of illegal connections traced to illegally-operated mining activities and a number of illegal transmitters.
He said a team from the power cooperative has begun dismantling said illegal power connections and appropriate legal charges would be filed soon against the culprits.
Brondia said the municipality of Jose Panganiban shares a 5MVA-substation with the municipality of Paracale.
This substation taps electricity from the power grid of the Aboitiz Power Resources Inc.
The new substation transmitter will be funded by a P150 million loan from the PCI-Equitable Bank.