MANILA - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) halted its restoration of a bombed tower in Ramain, Lanao del Sur due to failed negotiation with the owner of the land where the facility is located.
In a statement released by NGCP, it said that the landowner refused to grant entry to NGCP personnel who were supposed to repair the toppled tower, alleging that the government failed to pay his claims long ago.
The bombing of the tower on Christmas Eve caused two government-owned generation facilities to be cut off from the Mindanao grid, with as much as 150 megawatts of power isolated from Mindanao consumers.
"Failure to restore the tower will further aggravate the supply deficiency in the region. Longer rotational power interruptions may be expected," the company said.
NGCP also appealed to local officials and residents to help monitor the safety of towers for uninterrupted service.
The company also asks for help in identifying the perpetrators of the bombings.
Meanwhile, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong said they only become aware of problems after the bombing of the tower.
"Ang NGCP, hindi naman nila sinasabi na may problema. Sila lang ang nag-aano diyan. Kaya sana kung may problema, siyempre i-channel din natin minsan sa mga LGU (local government unit) natin," he explained.