THE Negros Oriental I Electric Cooperative (Noreco I) continues to restore electricity in many towns and cities in the province almost a month since Typhoon Odette (Rai) ripped through the Visayas region.

A total of 86 out of the 285 barangays that were without electricity since the December 16, 2021 onslaught of Typhoon Odette have now been energized as of January 13, Noreco I said on Friday, January 14, 2022, via its Facebook account.

These include Ayungon, with eight of 24 barangays (8/24) or 33.33 percent; Bais City, 11/35 or 31.43 percent; Bindoy, 6/22 or 27.27 percent; Canlaon City, 8/12 or 66.67 percent; Guihulngan, 4/33 or 12.12 percent; Jimalalud, 5/28 or 17.86 percent; La Libertad, 4/29 or 13.79 percent; Mabinay, 18/32 or 56.25 percent; Manjuyod, 4/27 or 14.81 percent; Tayasan, 7/28 or 25 percent; and Vallehermoso, 11/15 or 73.33 percent.

The power firm also said the order of priority of power restoration is as follows: primary lines (main); hospitals and health stations; communication facilities; water systems; evacuation centers; municipal buildings; radio stations; barangays along primary routes; commercial and industrial loads; and interior barangays, in that order.

Noreco I thanked electric cooperatives from Tarlac, Zambales, Negros Occidental, Noreco II, and Kapamilya Energy Development Corporation for their “overwhelming support and assistance.”

The utility firm reassured that its “warriors light” will work “rain or shine” to restore power and appealed to the people in these areas to be patient and pray for the safety of everyone. (PNA)