State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) said about 98.11 percent of households in several provinces in Luzon that lost electricity service in the wake of Typhoon “Ompong” (international name Mangkhut) last month had their services restored.
According to NEA, restoration efforts still continue in some areas more than three weeks after the onslaught of “Ompong,” which is considered the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year. “Ompong” knocked out power to an estimated 2.363 million households in 19 provinces, NEA said.
As of Tuesday (October 9), the NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (DRRM) reported power had already been restored to 2,318,856 households affected by the typhoon, leaving only 44,648 households still without electricity.
Power had already been restored to 2,318,856 households affected by the typhoon, leaving only 44,648 households still without electricity.
The households that remain without electricity are located within the franchise areas of the Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I), Cagelco II, BenguetElectric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco), Kalinga-ApayaoElectric Cooperative, Inc. (Kaelco), and Ifugao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ifelco), NEA said.
Meanwhile, the estimated cost of damage to the distribution facilities of 22 ECs has reached P292M. Cagelco I suffered the most damage estimated at P77.7M, followed by Cagelco II at P75.6M and Beneco at P39.1M.
Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) sustained P28M in damages; Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC), P15.5M; Kaelco, P12.1M; Isabela II Electric Cooperative (Iselco II), P12M; Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (Nuvelco), P6M; and the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Iseco), P5.7M.
Damage to Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (PanelcoI) was pegged at P5M; La Union Electric Cooperative (Luelco), P4M; Mountain Province Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Mopreco), P3.5M; Ifelco, P3.1M; Iselco I, P1.5M; and the Batanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Batanelco), P1M.
The estimated cost of damage to the distribution facilities of 22 ECs has reached P292M.
Cagelco I and II reported that electricity has been restored to around 87.04 percent and 83.52 percent, respectively, of households within their coverage areas.
Cagelco II OIC-General Manager Blandina Madambasaid it would take up to end of October to complete the restoration in all households. For Cagelco I, it will take longer to fully restore all households as General Manager Tito Lingan pegged the completion target on November 30.