Thirty generator sets were distributed in Roxas City, Capiz Thursday, the initial batch to be distributed in areas badly affected by Typhoon “Yolanda.”
In a statement Thursday night, the Department of Energy (DOE) said the generators have a capacity of two to three kilovolts ampere (KVA), which is enough to power lights in about 50 households.
The Energy department said a total of 164 small generators are ready for deployment in Central Visayas to provide electricity to areas where transmission lines remain down.
Specifically, 60 generators will be deployed in Leyte, 30 in Eastern Samar, 15 in Western Samar, 10 in Iloilo, seven in Masbate; five each in Coron, Palawan Bantayan in Cebu.
The DOE said it will also provide the Department of Health (DOH) two generators for its medical operations in typhoon-ravaged areas.
It tapped the services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the transportation and distribution of the generators using C-130 planes.
Restoration works on the more than 500 damaged transmission lines continues, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has assured.
Aside from the linemen, the grid operator has also beefed up security personnel manning the transmission towers to prevent people from stealing parts of the towers.
NGCP said it has not received any reports of pilferage and urged the public not to steal any parts of the toppled towers for faster assessment of the damage.
It targets to fully-restore power in the typhoon-affected areas in five to six weeks. PNA