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DOTr Sec. Bautista meeets with Meralco to avoid repeat of power outage at NAIA

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(from left) Airport manager Cesar Chiong and DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista talk to concerned personnel regarding power outage at NAIA 3 yesterday. (JERRY S. TAN)

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista met with power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to diiscuss“ways forward” to prevent the recurrence of another power outage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 as well as other terminals.

In a briefing, Sec.Bautista said DOTr officials immediately met with Meralco representatives right after the power was restored following a power outage at NAIA 3 on Monday morning.

“We met with Meralco after the power was returned. We also had discussions on how to move forward,” Secretary Bautista said during the briefing which also saw the attendance of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Usec Jonathan Segismundo and MIAA senior assistant general manager Bryan Co, among others.

Bautista said that after the power interruption, a team from Meralco immediately arrived at the terminal to assess the situation, while affected passengers were provided water and food on orders of GM Chiong.

The transport chief noted that the MIAA immediately turned on its generator sets and partially supplied power to the check in system, immigration system, final security x-ray, arrival baggage carousel, elevators, escalators, air conditioning, and lights.

The MIAA under general manager Cesar Chiong and Meralco were able to put up the regular power at around 8:46 A.M with NAIA operations has commenced using the regular Meralco power, according to Secretary Bautista.

According to Meralco Engr. Noel Espiritu, the power outage was caused by either faulty wiring or short circuit, which resulted to a high amount of power current and fault indicator, adding that they are still looking into the cause of the power interruption.

“‘Yun po ang mga abnormalities sa sign ng circuit breaker kung saan kapag na-sense yun ng fault indicator, yun po ay high amount of current na sya namang na-sense ng fault indicator at dun nalaman namin kung saan i-trouble shoot, pero sa ngayon yun po ay amin pang tinitingnan ang eksaktong cause ng fault current,” Engr. Espiritu said.

Secretary Bautista said the MIAA will conduct a “full electrical audit” at the terminals to avoid future power interruptions and passenger inconveniences.

He added that the DOTr will secure the necessary budget and undergo procurement activities before conducting a full electrical audit.

Bautista expressed his gratitude to Meralco for its swift response to the situation and for working with MIAA authorities to restore power, as he apologized to the affected passengers, who had their flights cancelled or delayed due to the power outage.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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