The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) started implementing three-hour rotating brownouts in Metro Manila and Bulacan on Thursday as electricity supply in Luzon remained scarce two days after Typhoon Glenda toppled electric posts and damaged power lines.
Meralco, however, said electricity will be fully restored in the metropolis at 10 p.m. Friday.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the Luzon grid, which supplies power to Metro Manila and several provinces, had yet to restore 55 percent of its capacity as of Thursday.
Meralco said that as of Thursday morning, 1.9 million households in Metro Manila were without power since only 84 percent of its franchise area had electricity.
The power situation in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite and in the Bicol region was worse.
Petilla said 97 percent of consumers in Batangas were without electricity, 66 percent in Cavite, and 66 percent in Laguna. He was optimistic that 96 percent of the power supply in Cavite will be restored by 10 p.m. Friday.
Rolly Cagampan, head of Meralco’s Energy Sourcing Office, said the three-hour brownouts began at 7:30 a.m. in Manila, Makati, Quezon and Pasay cities and Bulacan.