Power restoration in northern Cebu continues

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Friday, April 11, 2014


BARANGAYS in northern Cebu that have no power supply yet five months after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) can expect power restoration in their areas next month.

Antonio E. Labios, Department of Energy (DOE)-Visayas director, said Friday that power in typhoon-hit areas in Cebu is expected to be restored in the first week of May.

He said during a press briefing at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City on Friday that all typhoon-hit barangays in the towns of Madridejos, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, Pilar are now energized. Four barangays in Sta. Fe and five barangays in Bantayan, though, are yet to be electrified.

The four island barangays of Sta. Fe town that still have no electricity are Hagdan, Kinatarcan, Langub and Hilantagaan.

In Bantayan, the island villages of Botigues, Doong, Luyong Baybay, Hilotongan and Lipayran are not yet energized.

Yolanda, which hit the Visayas last November 8, damaged 467 out of the 480 solar home system units that were used to electrify Bantayan Island.

The Bantayan Electric Cooperative Inc. targets to restore the power supply in the remaining eight island barangays of Bantayan in the second week of April.

Labios said they will replace the damaged solar home system installed in Bantayan islets of Panangatan, Moamboc, Silagon, Biagayag, Panitugan, Mambacayao Gamay and Mambacayao Dako.

Post-Yolanda rehabilitation
[From right] DILG-Central Visayas Director Ananias Villacorta, DOE-Visayas Director Antonio E. Labios and Major Choi Jaiho of the South Korean Armed Forces share updates on their efforts to help rebuild communities in the Visayas that were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda last November 8. (Daryl D. Anunciado)

Meanwhile, a total of P82,789,775.32 will be distributed to the local government units of Borbon, Daanbantayan, Madridejos, Medellin, Pilar, San Remegio, Santa Fe, Sogod, Tabogon, Tabuelan, and Tuburan after the Holy Week.

Department of Interior and Local Government-Central Visayas Director Ananias Villacorta said the fund will be used to repair the public infrastructures on these typhoon-hit towns.

Also, during the press briefing, Major Choi Jaiho of the South Korean Armed Forces said the National Government of the Philippines had allowed their contingents based in Palo, Leyte to stay there until December.

Jaiho said they asked for an extension to further help rebuild the communities in Leyte, which was severely destroyed by Yolanda.

Jaiho said their rehabilitation effort is a form of gratitude, as the Philippines sent troops to South Korea during the Korean War. (Sunnex)

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