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