Power restored, but not everywhere 3 months after Yolanda

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


CEBU CITY -- Three months after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), power in the affected towns in northern Cebu has been restored, but not in some residential areas.

On Wednesday, February 12, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III met the power sector to ask for updates on power restoration in the typhoon-hit areas.

Department of Energy Visayas Director Antonio Labios said power supply is 100 percent restored in Cebu.

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“Ang distribution na lang sa individual household nga naguba kay di man pud nimo ma-connect ang balay kung guba (The problem is the distribution of power to each household because some of the houses were not yet rehabilitated),” Labios said.

In a separate interview, Davide said there were more houses that have not yet regained power in Pilar, a town in Camotes Island, and some of the houses in the three towns of Bantayan Island.

Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said Bantayan Electric Cooperative has restored 50 percent of power in Bantayan Island while Camotes Electric Company has restored 70 percent of the power in Camotes Island.

Davide commended the power sector because it has restored the power in just three months.

“Our projection last year was six months before power will be restored, nabuhat lang nila’g (they did it within) three months. We commend the power sector for their support and for doing their job,” the governor said.

Affected

There are 15 towns and a city affected in the northern part of Cebu after Typhoon Yolanda struck last November 8, 2013.

The Provincial Government needs almost P26.9 billion for its rehabilitation and reconstruction program.

Aside from the typhoon-related issues, it was also tackled that power demand during summer will be high.

Ma. Theresa Sederiosa, Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) communications manager, said their current power demand of 380 to 390 megawatts will have an increase of more or less 50 megawatts during summer.

Sederiosa said the projected peak demand could reached to 430 megawatts.

“With the current supply situation we’re okay. But we will run into problems once there is a plant that will have to undergo maintenance or will just trip for some reason. That is what we are really afraid of,” she said.

Summer brownouts

Sederiosa said rotational brownout will be experienced especially on summer if ever this will happen.

She said they will push for an energy conservation campaign to help lessen the power demand.

Veco is currently applying the interruptible load program where companies used their own generator sets so that the power that should be supplied to them can be used by the other residents.

“Let’s all do our part whatever we can to solve whatever problems we have with power supplies and one of those things is to manage our demands, meaning let us not use which is not needed,” Sederiosa said. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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