• Electric coop needs P13M to light up Batanes

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY: To completely rehabilitate the typhoon-damaged power facilities in the island province of Batanes, the local electric cooperative is in dire need of an amount of P13.5 million, according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here.

    OCD officials said that the power has been restored in most parts of Batanes but the Batanes Electric Cooperative needs to fund the repair of its power facilities damaged by recent Super Typhoon Odette, the strongest typhoon to hit the island province in many years.

    Norma Talosig, OCD director for Region 2, said the amount would also be utilized for the purchase of at least 60 electric poles, nine power transformers, 3,000 kilowatt meters and other power facilities.

    Talosig said electricity in Batanes is being supplied by the BEC whose operation depends from fuel coming from the mainland.

    ”Power lines in most parts of Batanes and Cagayan’s island town of Calayan are already restored since last week or nearly a week after Odette lashed through the region and the rest of northern Luzon,” Talosig said.

    But reports said the island province of Batanes is still experiencing power outages due to malfunctioning distribution lines and transformers and other electric facilities.

    Meanwhile, the bayanihan system in restoring power is still at work and practiced in the province, the reason why residents could easily recover every time they are hit by calamities.

    In Itbayat and Sabtang towns, business establishments are back to normal operations after the residents themselves helped each other to repair and restore felled electric lines, according to the OCD.

    Leander C. Domingo

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