June 27, 2017, 10:10 pm
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North-bound SLEX remains closed

THE northbound leg of the South Luzon Expressway’s Alabang Exit yesterday remained closed to motorists as authorities have yet to erect the transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) after a fire destroyed its base last Wednesday.

The Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office held a dialogue with NGCP officials yesterday to ensure the prompt restoration of the Biñan-Muntinlupa 230-kilovolt power line.

MCDRRMO operations chief Edward Arciaga urged NGCP officers to erect the tower as soon as possible since it poses a danger to motorists plying SLEX Alabang flyover and nearby residents. 

Arciaga said only the cables prevent the tower from collapsing on the Alabang flyover. 

He said the MCDRRMO will also assist the NGCP in putting up a perimeter fence to secure the tower from informal settlers. 

The transmission tower has a 20-meter no-build zone but many informal settlers have put up houses near the base of the power line. 

Around 50 families were evacuated at the UP Side covered court near the Pedro E. Diaz High School. 

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi vowed to provide financial assistance to the victims and housing units through the Urban Poor Affairs Office. 

Last Wednesday, a fire razed a residential area in Alabang and destroyed the base of the transmission tower, causing it to lean toward the Alabang flyover.

No casualty or injury was reported in the incident. -- Evan Orias
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