More Power has completed the transfer of the 69kV line in front of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in La Paz, Iloilo City. With this development, works on the overpass linking the two campuses will finally resume.
The completion was done last Sunday, Oct. 11, a day dedicated to corrective and preventive maintenance works at the Mandurriao Substation. More Power’s engineers and linemen relocated the high-voltage wires to an 80-foot intermediate pole put up in the area, so that these will be meters away from the roof of the overpass.
The request for transfer was made by ISAT-U management two years ago to the former power distributor in Iloilo City since the said electric wires cut across the overpass. With the request being long overdue, More Power gave priority to the project.
“MORE installed an intermediate pole in order to clear, as per the school’s request, an overpass bridge that crosses the highway and links their two campuses. They had been requesting PECO non-stop for this work to be done for years but it remained a problem until we came along,” said Engr. Paterno Cabangisan, MORE Power’s Head of Transmission Lines.
MORE Power president Roel Castro joined ISAT-U officials in supervising the relocation of the 69kV line that took about six hours to complete.
“It entailed a little inconvenience on the part of our consumers—our apologies–but the safety of ISAT-U students is imperative. And we had to do this on the least interruptive day. Buti na lang [It’s a good thing] the consumers understood why this had to be done,” Castro said.
Roel Castro (leftmost), More Power president, oversees the relocation of the 69kV line.
Officials of ISAT-U expressed their gratitude while overseeing the project last Sunday. Russ Allen Napud, ISAT-U Director for Planning Development and Auxiliary Services, is very thankful to More Power. “I am very, very happy that after two long years, it’s finally done. At long last, we can proceed with our overpass project,” he said.
“On behalf of the University, we would like to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts to MORE Power for realizing the transfer of that 69kV line to a safer place. Now, there’s nothing that prevents us from completing the overpass,” he added.
“The entire University is very happy. Construction of the skywalk started in 2017, but had to stop the next year because of the 69kV line. We requested PECO to help us relocate the line, but they did nothing. Now we are extremely glad that this was carried out with the help of MORE Power. We are all looking forward to the completion of this project very soon,” said Engr. Gabriel Salistre, Jr., ISAT-U VP for Administration and Finance.
In an earlier interview, Dr. Raul Muyong, ISAT-U president, also expressed his gratitude to MORE Power, particularly to its president, Roel Castro, for acting on the problem. He said that MORE Power visited the site as soon as they received the request to evaluate the situation.
“More Power promptly submitted a proposal to correct the problem, which we agreed with. We are grateful because it will now be very easy and safe for us to access the other side of the campus,” he said.
Once completed, the overpass will be a more convenient and safer route for students, officials, faculty and staff to take when going to either of the two campus sites.