TACLOBAN CITY: Three months after Super Typhon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit Central Visayas, many survivors are still without power.
According Angelo Bacho, Office of Civil Defense regional assistant
operations chief, power supply in some areas of Tacloban City has yet
to be restored due to lack of manpower.
“Kulang talaga ang manpower kaya hindi maibalik agad ang kuryente sa
lalawigan [There is not enough manpower to efficiently carry-out power
restoration efforts in the province],” Bacho told The Manila Times.
But, he admitted that although all the affected towns have been
energized, it might take more time before power is restored to all
While the city’s business center and vital institutions, like
hospitals, are now powered up, only 36.87 percent of its 35,937
households have electricity at the moment.
That’s roughly 13, 251 households, the Leyte II Electric Cooperative
(Leyeco II) said on its restoration update dated February 16, 2014.
The 16.91 percent represents member-consumers in the town Palo which
is equivalent to 11, 140, and 82.85 percent represents the town of
Babatngon, Leyte which is equivalent to 3, 988 households.
The Leyeco II covers the whole city of Tacloban and the Municipalities
of Palo and Babatngon Leyte.
As to the number of barangays, the Leyeco II said, of the 196
barangays in its coverage area, 66.84 percent or 131 were already
energized and 33.16 percent equivalent to 65 barangays remain
Of the 138 barangays in Tacloban City, 68.12 percent or 94 of the
barangays have been energized and 331.88 percent or 44 remain
In Palo, Leyte, of the 33 barangays, 51.52 percent or 17 barangays have
not been restored.
In Babatngon, of the 25 barangays, 84 percent were already energized.
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla earlier promised to fully restore
electricity to typhoon-hit areas by Christmas Eve, otherwise he will
resigned from his post.
But come December 24, there were still some areas in the Visayas that
had no power.
In an earlier interview, the Energy secretary had explained why this was so.
“In Tacloban, you have partial places with electricity, and the reason
why I say partial is because the houses, okay, some of the houses and
the buildings and establishments have no electricity simply because
they’re not ready to receive energy at this point. In other words,
their electrical systems are still in shambles,” Petilla said.
He added that “power has been restored in all but the most far-flung
Meanwhile, Malacanang had said “there is no reason to remove Energy
Secretary Jericho Petilla from office amid a promise he will bring
back power in Yolanda-hit areas by Christmas.”
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. pointed out
that a big part of Eastern Visayas now has power, which President
Benigno Aquino 3rd saw for himself. CATHERINE S. VALENTE