MANILA, Jan. 4 (PNA) -- Power was restored to 1 million households, representing 57 percent of Typhoon Nina-hit areas, in South Luzon on Wednesday.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement that the National Electrification Administration through Task Force Kapatid, tapped 982 personnel from 52 energy companies and distribution firms to restore power in 99 municipalities and 7 cities.
He said the department's ground personnel were working round the clock to restore power to affected households in Southern Luzon and Bicol regions.
"We are exhausting all possible remedies to bring back the power in the affected areas the soonest possible. We cannot leave our kababayans until we have lighted each and every household affected by Typhoon Nina,” he added.
The department cited the NGCP deployed 600 personnel to work 24 hours to reach 100-percent restoration of transmission lines on Wednesday. Three more facilities are undergoing repairs: Tabaco 20 megavolt ampere load-end substation, Malinao 5 MVA, Albay Agro-Industrial Development Corp.
In Sorsogon, the department said power was restored in 46,366 households under the franchise area of Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO 2), while SORECO 1 is repairing their distribution facilities.
Albay, on the other hand, energized 31 percent of areas, which totals 68,668 households.
Camarines Norte was fully restored with power, including its power facilities, while the province of Camarines Sur has to energize 296,219 households over the province.
For Quezon, 50 percent of the affected areas were restored with power through the Quezon 1 Electric Cooperative.
For Batangas, Batangas Electric Cooperative 2 reached 100-percent energization, while BATELEC 1 reached 90-percent restoration with 16,000 households left to energize.
In Catanduanes, 48,000 households were affected by the typhoon and is undergoing restoration.
State-owned National Power Corp. also reported that its power plants, which has a capacity of 7.8 megawatts, in the province are operational.
Napocor further said the 2.8-MW Sun West hydroelectric power plant was still down due to flood water, while 5.7 MW were already restored.
Occidental Mindoro was restored at 99 percent of households, while Oriental Mindoro was energized at 68 percent or 120,682 households.
In Marinduque, the Marinduque Electric Cooperative is still restoring power to 43,200 households affected by the typhoon.
Other off-grid areas were restored with their diesel power plants, but are awaiting the energization of distribution facilities. The areas are: Masbate, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Marinduque.
“We’ve already added personnel and augmented assets through private institutions and we are continuously monitoring the progress of power restoration,” Cusi explained. (PNA) RMA/JLD/RSM