THE power interruption experienced in some areas in Cebu brought "slight" inconvenience at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and some of the City-run isolation facilities.
Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, committee on energy chairman, said the power outage caused inconvenience to patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), who are staying at the barangay isolation centers (BICs).
Garganera said electric fans at BICs went off.
However, this was solved immediately as BICs have high ceilings and large windows, providing good ventilation in the classrooms, said Garganera.
Garganera said CCMC, Cebu City Quarantine Center and accredited temporary treatment and monitoring facilities have backup generators, which were used during the power interruption.
He said the CCMC only experienced "slight inconvenience," but power was restored immediately after a few minutes.
He said beside from the BICs, all other isolation facilities in the city were not affected due to their respective backup generators.
With the information Garganera got from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, based on initial findings, a lightning strike caused the "simultaneous tripping" of the Colon-Cebu 138kV Lines 1, 2, and 3 and Colon-Quiot 138kV line, which triggered the partial system blackout. (JJL)