'87 kites entangled': NGCP warns vs activities near power facilities

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2020 02:18 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2020 02:38 PM

Workers fix a power transmission line near Tagaytay City on January 21, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Monday warned the public against doing activities near power facilities, saying several kites got tangled up in transmission lines during the community quarantine period.

As of May 29, the NGCP said 87 kites coiled up in transmission lines.

"Kite flying and other activities near transmission lines may endanger lives and cause unwanted power interruptions," it said.

"Breaching safety clearances not only threatens power transmission delivery for the entire grid, but also endangers the lives of kite flyers," it warned, noting that these power facilities carry "extremely high voltages, between 69,000 volts to 500,000 volts."

One kite entanglement incident led to an "8-hour emergency shutdown" of NGCP’s Las Pinas-Dasmarinas line on April 25, the NGCP said.

"While no customers were affected, the reliability of the grid was compromised at that time," it said.

The NGCP asked the government to ban kite flying, grass burning and the planting of vegetation below or within the transmission facilities' right of way corridor.

It urged the public to report activities near transmission lines to the NGCP Tip Hotlines: 09178476427 or 09188476427.