Friday, January 8, 2016

AFP coordinates with NGCP on tower security

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 8): AFP coordinates with NGCP on tower security

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it is now coordinating its security patrols with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in a bid to foil bombing attacks against NGCP transmission towers by lawless groups.

This was stressed by AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri Tuesday during the sidelights of the military's New Year's call tradition.

"We have coordinated with the NGCP about the security (of our) transmission towers. (Securing them) is a major concern because people's livelihood (are affected whenever a NGCP tower is downed or damaged in an attack," he added.

He declined to comment on what security measures as this is an operational matter.

"We are helping them secure (the towers) and we are trying our best to ensure that no towers will be attacked and bombed (this year)," Iriberri added.

Around 16 NGCP towers were attacked by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other lawless elements last year, resulting to power loss in Central Mindanao.

Extortion attempts are the primary reason for the attack against the NGCP installations.

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