MANILA – More than 26,000 households and commercial establishments may experience power interruptions of up to seven hours today as the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) implements maintenance measures of its distribution lines in various parts of its franchise area.
Affected in the scheduled maintenance works are certain areas in Makati, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Manila and other parts of its franchise network.
Several residents in Sampaloc St. in Barangay San Antonio in Makati are finding ways to beat the heat.
Karinderya owner Randy Manila put a cold mineral water bottle on his nape to cool the temperature inside his eatery where customers are having lunch even though electric fans are not working due to lack of power.
Parlor owner Doods Lacse said the power interruption has affected his customers since the blowers, hot oil treatment and air-conditioning cannot be used due to lack of electricity.
Meralco linemen have been working in the area since 9 a.m. today and they hope to finish by 4 p.m.
In an unrelated development, a transformer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines exploded in the Laguna area which affected several circuits of Meralco shortly before 10 a.m. today. But the lines were restored by 10:33 a.m. and electricity was restored in parts of Laguna.