ISAT-U grateful to MORE Power for fast 69kV line transfer, 2 years neglected

For the last two years, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in La Paz district have been hopeful for the relocation of the 69kV line at the vicinity to a safer and higher electric post; neglected for two long years.

The construction of the overpass linking the two campuses of ISAT-U was put on hold a few years back and has been a huge headache for ISAT-U officials due to no action made by the previous power distributor. 

The hardworking team of MORE Power with ISAT-U Officials on a Sunday, October 10.

“MORE installed an intermediate pole in order to clear, as per the school’s request, an overpass bridge that crosses the highway and links their two campuses. They had been requesting PECO non-stop for this work to be done for years but it remained a problem until we came along,” said Engr. Paterno Cabangisan, MORE Power’s Head of Transmission Lines.

The hardworking team of MORE Power including engineers and linemen, personally overseen by MORE Power president himself Mr. Roel Castro, together with ISAT-U officials, completed the relocation of the high-voltage wires to a higher electric post with an 80-foot intermediate pole last Sunday, a day dedicated to corrective and preventive maintenance works at the Mandurriao Substation.

Mr. Roel Castro of MORE Power together with ISAT-U officials supervizing the operation.

The six-hour operation caused a lengthy inconvenience for some of the consumers in Iloilo City yet resulted in a promising output. 

The functional skywalk will serve as access route for the two campuses and will be a big help to students, teachers, stakeholders, and officials, providing them with much safer and more convenient access between the two university sites. 

“It entailed a little inconvenience on the part of our consumers—our apologies–but the safety of ISAT-U students is imperative. And we had to do this on the least interruptive day. Buti na lang [It’s a good thing] the consumers understood why this had to be done,” Castro said.

On the other hand, Mr. Russ Allen Napud, ISAT-U Director for Planning Development and Auxiliary Services expressed his joy and satisfaction for the prompt and impressive action performed by MORE Power company in an earlier interview.

“I am very, very happy that after two long years, it’s finally done. At long last, we can proceed with our overpass project,” Napud said.

“Actually, the entire University is very happy. Construction of the skywalk started in 2017 but had to stop the next year because of the 69kV line. We requested PECO to help us relocate the line, but they did nothing. Now we are extremely glad that this was carried out with the help of MORE Power. We are all looking forward to the completion of this project very soon,” averred Engr. Gabriel Salistre, Jr., VP for Administration and Finance of the university.

“On behalf of the University, we would like to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts to MORE Power for realizing the transfer of that 69kV line to a much safer place. Now, there’s nothing that prevents us from completing the overpass,” added Napud.

The 80-foot intermediate pole installed in front of ISAT-U.

MORE Power received nothing but praise and gratitude from the university officials particularly from Dr. Raul Muyong, President of ISAT-U for acting on the problem with speed.

“In fact, MORE Power visited the site as soon as they received our request to evaluate the situation. They also promptly submitted a proposal to correct the problem, which we agreed with,” he said.

“We are grateful because it will now be very easy for us to access the other side of the campus,” he said.

Now the school is ready and can proceed with the overpass project without fear and hesitations. 

Diamond Georgina

Diamond Georgina is a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger based in Iloilo City. Apart from blogging and being a professional salesperson, she loves filming (video content), traveling, and emerging in communities. She considers herself a life-long learner. Feel free to collaborate.

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