• Power, oil firms on alert

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    POWER and oil firms are on alert for possible effects of Typhoon Ruby, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

    Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla on Friday said the agency is continuously coordinating and monitoring conditions of energy facilities that might be affected by the onslaught of the typhoon.

    He added that power firms are committed to securing supply and connections during natural disasters.

    The oil companies, Petilla said, are monitoring the situation and are committed to ensuring sufficient supply within 24 hours after the onslaught of Ruby.

    According to him, electric cooperatives under extreme circumstances are responsible for taking precautions to prevent further damage or accidents from happening within their franchise areas.

    “Power shutdowns during typhoons will not come from us, if it is already endangering the people’s lives, then the cooperatives may have to turn off their lines,” he said.

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