ILOILO City – An unannounced power interruption left 90 percent of Panay Island powerless for four to seven hours yesterday.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) blamed a snake that strayed into its power substation in Dingle, Iloilo.
The brownout started at 12:09 a.m.
The Dingle-Barotac Viejo power lines 138kV 1 and 2 tripped, according to Michelle Vicera, NGCP regional corporate communications and public affairs officer.
NGCP linemen managed to spot the snake during an inspection.
Iloilo City and the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, and Guimaras were plunged into darkness.
These areas were being service by power distributors Panay Electric Company, Iloilo Electric Cooperative I, II and III, Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Antique Electric Cooperative, Capiz Electric Cooperative, and Aklan Electric Cooperative.
Power transmission services in these areas were completely returned by 8:07 a.m./PN