EFFORTS to restore power supply continued in Southern Leyte a month after Typhoon Odette devastated the province.

As of Monday, January 17, 2022, 9.20 percent or 46 barangays are already partially energized out of 500 barangays within the coverage area of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative Inc. (Soleco).

“Per consumer status, 17.45 percent or 19,049 consumers are already energized out of 109,145 billed consumers,” the electric cooperative said.

On its Task Force 157 Typhoon Odette rehabilitation and power restoration report, it said 16 barangays under Maasin Substation (covering whole Maasin City to Barangay Benit, Malitbog) have been energized.

The Maasin barangays are Dongon, Bogo, Nasaug, Soro-Soro, Canturing, Combado, Tagnipa, Tunga-Tunga, Abgao, Mantahan, Mambajao, Asuncion, Isagani, Ibarra, Maria Clara, and Pasay.

In Macrohon, power has been restored in Poblacion San Vicente.

Under Sogod Substation (covering Barangay Caaga, Malitbog to Mac, Sogod), the 12 barangays are Pandan, Rizal, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, San Jose, San Roque, San Pedro, San Miguel, and Tampoong.

The energized barangays in Bontoc are Sto Niño, Sta Cruz, and Poblacion.

For Himay-angan Substation (covering Barangay Gakat Libagon to Barangay San Ramon and Kinachawa, San Ricardo), only power connection in Barangay Himay-angan, Liloan has been restored.

Under San Isidro Substation (covering municipality of Saint Bernard to Silago), the 12 barangays in Saint Bernard are San Isidro, Panian, Catmon, Carnaga, Tambis I, Tambis II, Bolod-Bolod, Mahayahay, Himatagon, Malibago, New Ayahag, and Magbagacay.

Soleco earlier welcomed 14 additional Task Force Kapatid from Leyte Electric Cooperative (Leyeco)-V for the rehabilitation efforts in Padre Burgos.

“These Warriors of Lights were sent immediately by Leyeco V as a response to Soleco’s request for the extension of Task Force Kapatid deployment considering the need to fast track our restoration and rehabilitation activities in our province,” Soleco said.

“We are very much grateful to all our sister electric cooperatives for giving their full support to Soleco in times of our needs,” it added.

Soleco incurred P723.48 million estimated cost of damage due to Odette, the highest among other electric cooperatives hit by the typhoon.

Allan Laniba, president of the National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives (Nagmec), also visited the province to monitor the restoration efforts personally.

The electric cooperatives who sent help to Southern Leyte and other parts under Leyeco-IV are Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative Inc. (Dorelco), Leyeco-II, Leyeco III, Leyeco-V, Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative (Esamelco), Samar Electric Cooperative (Samelco) I and II, Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco), and Biliran Electric Cooperative (Bileco). (SunStar Philippines)