Power services improving in quake-hit areas – DoE


The Department of Energy (DoE) said on Tuesday that a total of 133.7 megawatts (MW) has been supplied to earthquake-stricken Samar, Leyte and Bohol.

The energy office said Leyte and Samar received 94.5MW, while Bohol got 39.2MW of power supply.

The available electricity came from the Energy Development Corp. (EDC)’s Kananga Geothermal Power Plant that transmitted 120.9MW while Bohol supplied 10.5MW and Cebu,10.9MW.

The DoE said the Ormoc substation can now take in 128.3MW of power supply to the city and municipal centers, as well as the majority of barangay (villages) in affected areas.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said rehabilitation of power facilities in the Eastern Visayas and Bohol is on schedule.

The DoE created a task force to speed up efforts to restore electricity services in the provinces hit by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on July 6. It is also responsible for coordinating activities of government agencies and private companies to fast-track rehabilitation efforts, monitor the progress of power restoration, and provide recommendations or studies to lessen the damage to facilities in future disasters.

Meanwhile, Cusi added, industry players are applying the “Build-back Better Principle” to make these facilities more disaster-resilient.


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