Sunday, January 15, 2017

Catanduanes expects full power restoration in one month
By Connie B.Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 14 (PNA) -- The entire province of Catanduanes will have to wait for at least a month before its power supply could be fully restored after its power lines were cut due to typhoon Nina.

Engineer Francis Gianan, technical services department manager of First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative (FICELCO), said they were doing their best to restore the power supply in the province.

“But based on our assessment of the damage it is not possible to restore completely on the deadline given by the Department of Energy (DOE) which is on January 31,” he said.

Gianan said FICELCO could fully restore the power supply only by February.

He said initial reports showed there were 1,219 poles that were damaged while 96 transformers and 141 poles were “leaning” after being hit by strong winds during the typhoon.

He said in the 11 towns of Catanduanes: power had been restored in 45 percent of Bagamanoc, or 8 out of 18 barangays; 22.2 percent in Bato, or 6 of 27 barangays; 51 percent in Caramoran, or 14 of 27 barangays; 53.8 percent in Pandan, or 14 of 26 barangays; 65.2 percent in Panganiban, or 15 of 23 barangays; 5.2 percent in San Andres, or 2 of 38 barangays; 4.17 percent in San Miguel, or 1 in 24 barangays; 67.7 percent in Viga, or 21 of 31 barangays; and 38.10 percent in the capital town of Virac,, or 24 of 63 barangays.

Gianan said in the municipalities of Baras and Gigmoto no barangay had been energized because the lines and poles that were cut could not be found.

He said the four power plants in the province were all operational. These are Marinawa Diesel Power Plant (DPP), Balongbong Hydro Power Plant, Viga DPP and Catanduanes Power Generation Inc. DPP.

Gianan said as of Jan. 12, the partial damage costs in Catanduanes’ power supply due to typhoon Nina was estimated at Php38 million. (PNA) RMA/GVR/CBD/RSM