DOE to provide gensets to light up provinces ravaged by storm

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The Department of Energy (DOE) will send power generation sets or gensets to areas in the Visayas ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda.

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The DOE said the first batch of 30 gensets was shipped to Roxas City in Capiz on Friday. Sixty more 60 small gensets are awaiting shipment to Leyte.

The DOE said a total of 164 gensets will be sent to areas in the Visayas which have partial or no power.

The super typhoon knocked out power and communication lines in many parts of the Visayas. In some places, it will take weeks before power is fully restored.

Each genset, which has a capacity of 2 to 3 kilovolts ampere (kVa), can provide electricity for about 50 households.

Other power-deficient areas that will be getting gensets in the coming days are Eastern Samar, which will receive 30 gensets; Western Samar, 15; Iloilo, 10;
Masbate, 7; Coron, Palawan, 5; and Bantayan, Cebu, 5.

Two gensets are reserved for the Department of Health in each devastated area to provide electricity for medical operations and facilities.

The DOE said it is closely coordinating with the Armed Forces in transporting the gensets to areas where they are badly needed.

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  1. These will be an eye opener that Gov’t must appropriate more on DOST scientific research, meteorologist, and Environment and Natural resources to used for advanced planning, for futuristic and urban planning, identifying deadly areas not suited for housing. We need scientist, meteorologist, Geodetic Engr. As well as Weather men. Urban planning, and locations for proper housing will help curb disasters or devastation. Government must invest on these project. And also partner with Architect and Designer to avoid casualty from the recent Super typhoon.