An electric power distribution company lauded the signing of a law ensuring the continuous and uninterrupted transmission and distribution of electricity in the country.
Lawyer Randy Castilan legal officer of Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP), said with the signing of Republic Act (RA) 11361 or the Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act by President Rodrigo Duterte, power distribution utilities are now more empowered to ensure uninterrupted electricity service to consumers.
“Our lines are along the public roads. In this new law, we can prohibit constructions under or near our lines. It is also prohibited to plant tree within our lines,” he said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) Pangasinan chapter forum Thursday.
RA 11361 covers the prevention and removal of power line obstruction on public and private property.
“Merong tinatawag na power lines corridor, merong perimeter ang mga power lines. Pwede na rin naming putulin without prior notice sa DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) ang mga puno na nasa perimeter. Huwag lang ang coconut dahil kailangan may prior notice sa DENR at sa (PCA) Philippine Coconut Authority (There is what we call power lines corridor and power lines also have perimeters. In the new law, we can now cut trees that are within the line perimeter even without prior notice to DENR, except for coconut trees which requires prior notice to DENR and the PCA),” Castilan said.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is the implementing agency of RA 11361, in coordination with Department of Public Works and Highways, DENR, PCA, and other attached agencies, he added.
During the forum, Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Communications Lead Ernest Vidal said RA 11361 applies not only to distribution utilities but also to transmission utilities.
Vidal said the prohibited acts would be criminal offenses. (PNA)
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