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15-hour blackout cripples businesses in Bohol

By: - Correspondent / @leoudtohanINQ
/ 02:22 PM December 02, 2017

Some establishments in Tagbilaran City, Bohol opt to close shops on Saturday due to the 15-hour blackout. Inquirer Visayas / Leo Udtohan

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol—Some establishments in Bohol closed down on Saturday because of  a 15-hour blackout on the island-province due to an annual preventive maintenance work of the power grid’s systems.

The blackout started at 4 a.m. when the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) had scheduled to service the equipment in the towns of in Ubay and Corella.

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Power was expected to be restored at 7 p.m., said Betty Martinez, spokesperson of NGCP-Visayas.

Some business establishments in the capital city of Tagbilaran closed shops on Saturday morning since these didn’t have generator sets.

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But Martinez said the preventive maintenance had to push through after its schedule was moved thrice.

A power barge in Ubay that could generate 15 megawatts, was utilized to help provide power even if it was minimal. /jpv

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