MADRIDEJOS did not wait long for their power to be restored. Electricity was fully restored before they celebrated Christmas last year, said Mayor Salvador dela Fuente.

In Bantayan, Mayor Ian Christopher Escario said the power was restored between January and February this year.

But the islet barangays remain without power because, he said, the Bantayan Electric Cooperative still has to transport electric posts to the islets.

As for Sta. Fe, the third town on Bantayan Island, Mayor Jose Esgana said that all establishments had access to electricity three months after the typhoon struck last Nov. 8, 2013.

Residents in Hilantagaan Island, however, still rely on solar panels for electricity, which was the case even before Yolanda.

The Investment and Capital Corp. of the Philippines (ICCP) Group Foundation, which adopted the island for a year-long rehabilitation project, donated a generator set to the barangay but as of the third week of October, the machine remained in the mainland.

Public buildings being fixed

Esgana said the generator set will be shipped to Hilantagaan within November.

The ICCP will shoulder expenses for the fuel while the Small Power Utilities Group, an attached agency of the National Power Corp. (NPC), has yet to set aside funds for the generator set’s fuel.

Residents in Kinatarkan Island are now enjoying electricity, albeit only three to four hours every day, from a generator set provided by the NPC, Esgana said.

Currently, repairs on government-owned buildings in Madridejos and Bantayan are ongoing.

Escario said the town initially received P26 million from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the repair of the municipal hall, gym, legislative building, public market and JICA building.

In Madridejos, Dela Fuente said, the DILG initially released P5.2 million for the repair of their public market and P2.6 million for their municipal hall.

“Our cultural center will be taken care of by the Department of Public Works and Highways,” said Dela Fuente.

As to the rehabilitation of barangay health centers, he said there were NGOs who helped, but the town is also waiting for the DILG funds intended to fix 14 of these centers.

For the birthing centers in Bantayan, Escario said the municipality continues subsidizing its repairs.

Both towns are waiting for roads to get fixed.

In the meantime, while waiting for the funds from the National Government, Dela Fuente said the municipality gave some help to the barangays who asked for it. At least eight barangays got P100,000 each.

As for infrastructure, Esgana said they hope to finish the Repairs on the municipal hall and the public market this month.

DILG has given Sta. Fe P7 million to fix the public market and P5 million to repair the Municipal Hall. The Municipal Government, Esgana added, has allotted P9 million to rehabilitate municipal and barangay roads.

“Our road repairs will go full blast next year,” he said. FMG/RSB