Power restored in 94% of Lawin-hit areas
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said it has completed restoring electricity to 94% of areas hit by Super Typhoon Lawin last month.
In a report, NEA said only Cagayan (82.48% complete), Kalinga and Apayao (79% completed), Abra (87% completed) and Isabela (78% complete) are still undergoing rehabilitation “due to inaccessible roads and uneven terrain.”
As of Monday, November 21, about 94,000 households in the said provinces have yet to have power restored.
NEA said the rehabilitation of road networks is “necessary” for faster rehabilitation of energy distribution facilities.
Meanwhile. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi praised the power sector, particularly the different electric cooperatives from around the country, for their “selfless” in the power restoration efforts in the affected areas.
“In behalf of the entire energy family, my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to all the linemen and staff who braved the storm to ensure that electricity will be accessible again to the affected areas of Lawin,” Cusi said.
Cusi said the efforts of 45 electric cooperatives and power companies “are true to the spirit of bayanihan (unity).”
He also lauded the heroism of 30-year-old Jomar Betonio of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOLECO), who died of electrocution while repairing an electric post in Cagayan.
He emphasized, however, that linemen should strictly follow safety standards and precautionary measures to avoid more accidents. – Rappler.com