General Manager Engr. Edgar D. Diaz has issued an appeal the Member-Consumer-Owners (MCOs) who are kite flying enthusiasts to, as much as possible, refrain from flying kites near the electric distribution and sub-transmission lines since it caused emergency power interruptions and damages to CAPELCO’s distribution assets.
This appeal was a response to the frequency of power interruptions directly attributed to kites entangled in electric lines. To date, more than a hundred kites were retrieved by CAPELCO personnel from electric posts and lines and the number could rise since the practice continued.
On May 4, 2020, a kite got tangled at a 3-phase line near Capiz Doctor’s Hospital which resulted to power interruption for nearly 25 minutes and has affected about 25,000 MCOs or 65% of the MCOs in Roxas City. The Panay Ville, Panay incident resulted to the explosion of 50KVA transformer and the
Technical Services Department and Area Offices recorded more cases of power interruptions directly attributed to kite entangled at CAPELCO’s distribution assets.
In his letter to Governor Esteban Evan B. Contreras and City Mayor Ronnie T. Dadivas, GM Diaz explained that “we sympathize with our MCOs that are being advised to stay at home and we understand their boredom and their feelings of uncertainty such that we are also open to worthwhile initiatives that could make them spend time at home productively. Recently however, the practice of kite flying as one of the initiatives adopted by people to pass their time leisurely has adversely affected our electric distribution assets resulting to emergency power interruption and damages to vital equipment such as transformer, 3-phase lines and even to our distribution substation.”
Apart from its open appeal to all of its MCOs, CAPELCO officially appealed to the Provincial and City Governments for their support relative to this concern by either issuing appropriate policy or endorsing our campaign against kite flying near our distribution lines, whatever is proper and appropriate. Engr. Edgar D. Diaz concluded in his letter saying “while we encourage worthwhile leisure, we are also keen in ensuring continued electric services to our people”. (RTC/SJVD)