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NGCP cancels NegOr brownout amid vaccine rollout

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has cancelled the scheduled power interruption Sunday in some parts of Negros Oriental to give way to Gov. Roel Degamo’s request for proper storage of coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines.

Michelle Visera, NGCP corporate communications and public affairs officer for Negros Island, in a text message Saturday evening said the cancellation is “in line with the advisory of the Department of Energy in ensuring stable electric power supply during the government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout program.”

The province’s mobile vaccination team will be going to Tanjay City on Monday to assist the local government unit in the inoculation of residents there.

The Pfizer vaccine doses are currently being administered and the brand requires ultra-cold storage.

Sunday’s power outage from 6 am to 6 pm as scheduled would have affected the areas from Calo, San Jose to the entire areas of Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Siaton.

Visera said it would have been the last scheduled power interruption for this year in line with the replacement of wooden electric poles to steel poles which requires shutting down of the Amlan-Siaton 69-kilovolt transmission line.

The Provincial Health Office is fast-tracking the vaccination of residents to ensure that many of them will be protected from the Covid-19 amid a rising number of infections which is believed to be caused by the Delta variant spread.

Assistant provincial health officer Dr. Liland Estacion, the Covid-19 incident commander of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), repeatedly said all Covid-19 cases here are now considered that of the Delta variant in the absence of genome sequencing tests from the Philippine Genome Center.*PNA

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