• Darkness lingers in 12 towns in Visayas

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    DARKNESS lingers in the 12 towns which were hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda that have yet to be reached by electricity more than a month after the howler ravaged their province.

    This was revealed by Deputy Administrator Sonia San Diego of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) during the House Energy panel hearing on the power needs following Yolanda.

    “We expect the electricity to be restored in the 12 towns by December 23, two days before Christmas day,” San Diego told the House Energy panel.

    Of the 133 towns affected by super howler on November 8 in Leyte, Panay island and Eastern Samar, NEA was able to restore electricity only in 89 towns while the 32 other towns are now ready to receive electricity.

    “When we say ready to receive, it means that the distribution lines [for electricity]in these areas are up and running,” San Diego added.

    In a related development, Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to hasten the rehabilitation of schools and extend financial assistance to its personnel.

    Tinio cited that a month after Yolanda, classes are still being held in terrible conditions like in makeshift classrooms, oven-like tents or in tarpaulin with roofs.

    As a result, teachers and other DepEd personnel worry that with the snail-paced repair and rebuilding of schools and offices stricken by disaster they might be forced to tap into their own funds.

    Llanesca T. Panti

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