8 Lanao del Norte towns still without powerBy Richel V. Umel, Tito N. Fiel
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—Several towns in Lanao del Norte were still without power on Monday, two days after fire reportedly hit the old cable system of the National Power Corp.’s Agus 6 hydroelectric power and caused outages in the entire province.
As of 10 a.m. Monday, power has not been restored in eight of the province’s 22 towns.
Lawyer Ver Quimco, Mindanao Chief Legal Counsel of the National Grid Corp., told the Inquirer by phone that a short circuit caused the fire on a control cable system, which connects Agus 6 to the switch yard.
Quimco denied reports that an NPC facility was attacked.
“It was a very huge damage, but (it was) not due to terror attack,” he said.
Quimco said the incident happened at 9 p.m. Saturday and that repair works were underway to restore power to the remaining eight towns with some 11,000 households affected.