Tue. May 11th, 2021

The Department of Energy vowed to return power to household affected by Super Typhoon Rolly before Chirstmas.

“We understand that Christmas is fast approaching and we don’t like people to be suffering or in inconvenience because there is no electricity. We will not wait for Christmas to return power for the people,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said during a media briefing.

For now Cusi said they do not yet have the data as to the estimated total damage of the Super Typhoon.

“The DOE, all bureaus, and the energy family are working together to have the power back. The urgency is there. Everybody in the energy family has been put on emergency alert and we understand the urgency of restoring the power,” he said.

Some 22 electric cooperatives have been affected by the recent typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly.”

Meanwhile, National Electrification Administration (NEA) deputy administrator Artis Nikki Tortola said they earmarked P100-million for a quick response fund (QRF).

This came from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for power restoration activities during calamities.

For his part, Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella noted that the Department of Budget Management (DBM) gave them flexibility as far as the QRF of the NEA is concerned.

It can be augmented if 50 percent of the fund was already used.

“We already have targets, it’s not a deadline. We are targeting that certain portions in the Bicol Region, which had zero-percent electrification,” Fuenteballa said.

The transmission lines from Tayabas to Naga and from Naga to Concepcion were being rushed to be repaired to be able to reenergize parts of Naga City, Camarines Sur, as well as the line from Gumaca to Camarines Sur.

“For Nov. 10, we are targeting Naga to Daraga. This is not an island operation but this is connected to the grid,” he added. PNA

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