Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Firm vows to restore electricity in backbone areas of Legazpi City, nearby towns on New Year’s eve

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 29 (PNA) -- Officials of Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC), a subsidiary company of San Miguel Energy Power Holdings Company, vowed to restore electricity in the backbone areas of Legazpi City on December 31.

Carlos Larosa, APEC area manager 2, and Ed Piamone, APEC area manager 3, said they are targeting to restore power in the commercial areas of Legazpi City and the nearby town of Daraga as soon as the power of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is back in line.

The two officials said NGCP through its information officer Nelson Bautista has informed them of the 35 power transmission lines that were hit and damaged by the havoc wrought by typhoon Nina that hit Albay on Christmas day.

"The NGCP has informed us that they are giving their best efforts to restore the damaged transmission lines from Naga City in Camarines Sur up to Daraga town in Albay, especially the 69 KVA sub-station line, that were damaged by the typhoon,” Larosa and Piamone said.

The two said APEC is doing its best to fix the damaged lines and poles, at least in the backbone areas, so service could be restored by Dec. 31.

They said subsequently, power will be restored in Ligao City, Polangui, Tabaco City and the nearby towns.

According to them, there were 950 poles and 25.2 kilometers of wires damaged by the typhoon.

Most of the damage occurred in the third district of Albay, particularly in Ligao City and the towns of Guinobatan, Libon, Polangui and Oas.

The company officials said the first district of Albay also suffered much damage. These were in Tabaco City and the towns of Malinao, Tiwi, Bacacay and Malilipot.

APEC estimated that the “damage restoration cost” will reach P77.3 million.

On the other hand, APEC estimated that the cost of needed materials would amount to P57 million while the cost of labor would reach P20 million.

Larosa said with the help of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, some electric cooperatives in the country gave a promise to help restore electricity in Albay.

“Meralco automatically gave a hand through a 20-man technical team and engineers who arrived on Wednesday in Albay,” said Larosa.

A 10-man technical team from the Laguna Electric Cooperative also arrived today (Thursday) while all the electric cooperatives in the Samar and Leyte provinces vowed to help with the promise to arrive on the first week of January next year.

The Bataan electric cooperative is set to arrive on January 2.

Larosa said APEC is “very hopeful” it could restore electricity in all areas of Albay on the second week of January or early in February next year. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JORGE HALLARE/EDS