The blessing of the new COTELCO 5MVA Substation was officiated by Rev. Fr. Ignacio Rellin, OMI-Parish priest of San Vicente Ferrer Parish in Poblacion Antipas.
Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza led the plant blessing and ceremonial switch on of the new 5MVA power substation in Antipas, North Cotabato.
Joining Governor Mendoza on Wednesday (June 27) were Board members Noel Baynosa and Chris Cadungon, Mayor Egidio Cadungon of Antipas, Mayor Cheryl Valdevieso of Matalam, COTELCO Board of Directors headed by Alfonso Jack Sandique and COTELCO General Manager Engr. Godofredo B. Homez, NGCP Communications Officer Michael Ligalig, COTELCO employees and media partners.
The said substation has a capacity of 5 MVA (megavolt amperes) and is aimed to improve power system reliability and stability in the towns mentioned above that will address the energy shortage experience by some of our member-consumers in our coverage area. During the inauguration COTELCO disclosed their plan to construct another substation in Kidapawan City and in Carmen North Cotabato to ensure better service for customer’s satisfaction.
The inauguration of the 5MVA Antipas Substation is another milestone of COTELCO. Through this, existing nearby substations will be relieved of carrying big loads.
For how many months, residents of Arakan Valley Complex, have been unable to switch on some electrical appliance and equipment owing to low voltage.
With the new substation, after it was energized some member-consumers and businessmen in the affected areas expressed their gratitude to the electric cooperative because they are now experiencing normal voltage condition.
Elmer Macatumbas, owner of EGM motor parts and services in Poblacion Arakan said that his welding and vulcanizing machines can only operate in the morning but in the afternoon it is no longer functioning because of the low voltage problem and the reason why he cannot accommodate his customers.
A pump attendant/maintenance crew Jay-R Daigdigan of JMT Gas Station in Doroloman Arakan also share his experience that while they are performing their duties some of their machines and equipment such as compressor, motor pump and other equipment are not functioning during peak hours that is why they are using their generator sets just to serve their clients.
However, after energizing the 5-MVA Substation they are now happy because they can enjoy the 220-240 volts power. With the commissioning of this substation COTELCO would become self-reliant in terms of electric supply for years to come.