Merely two weeks after Typhoon Santi entered and left the country, some parts of Central Luzon, specifically in Nueva Ecija and Aurora province, still suffer from power outage after transmission facilities for these areas have been heavily damaged by the weather disturbance.
“We are taking all necessary precautions and actions to expedite the restoration of power, not only in earthquake-affected areas, but also in the recent typhoon devastated provinces in the north,” said Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos.
At present, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported that 17 out of the 26 towns (65.38 percent) in the province of Nueva Ecija have only been energized.
In particular, 100 percent of Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative Area 1 (NEECO 2A1) and 64 percent of NEECO 2A2 franchise areas have been energized, while 40 percent of Cabanatuan City tapped power supply from the 15-megawatt First Cabanatuan Venture generating plant of Cabanatuan Electric Corporation (CELCOR) to energize its town center.
The Department of Energy (DOE), on the other hand, said there is already on-going power restoration in Cabanatuan City, NEECO I franchise area—Gapan, Cabiao, San Isidro, San Antonio, and Jaen—and the remaining towns in NEECO 2A2 franchise area, which are Penaranda, Gen. Tinio and San Leonardo.
“The completion will depend on the restoration of Cabanatuan-San Isidro 69 kv lines 1 and 2 and some 13.8 kv distribution system,” DOE said.
Meanwhile, in Aurora, power in 7 out of 9 towns (78 percent) served by Aurora Electric Cooperative (Aurelco) have already been restored.
However, unpassable roads due to landslides hamper the re-energization of the towns of Dilasag and Dinapigue. Power restoration is targeted for completion within two weeks.
All town centers in Tarlac are already energized, with the exemption of Zaragoza, of the Tarlac II Electric Cooperative franchise area, which is yet to be energized.
NEA has already initiated the Task Force Kapatid (TFK), composed of electric cooperatives not affected by the typhoon to help hasten the restoration of power in the calamity-stricken areas.
Included in the TFK are the Cagayan I Electric Cooperative (CAGELCO1), CAGELCO2, Zambales II Electric Cooperative, Pampanga II Electric Cooperative, and Peninsula Electric Cooperative. MADELEINE B. MIRAFLOR