UNSUNG HEROES. Despite the heavy rains and strong winds, linemen from Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) work to restore power in Baguio City and Benguet. More than P1.3 million of Beneco’s infrastructures were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)
UNSUNG HEROES. Despite the heavy rains and strong winds, linemen from Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) work to restore power in Baguio City and Benguet. More than P1.3 million of Beneco’s infrastructures were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

Typhoon Ulysses leaves P1.3-M damage to Beneco infrastructure

OVER P1.3 million worth of infrastructure of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) were damaged as Typhoon Ulysses battered the region.

Eric De Guzman, Beneco consumer welfare officer, said a bulk of the damage incurred by the power coop are fallen electric poles, lines and transformers during the height of Typhoon Ulysses.

In Baguio City, 90 percent of power was down early Thursday morning but partially restored late afternoon.

De Guzman added only 40 percent of the city remains without electricity.

In Benguet, only the municipalities of La Trinidad and Sablan have power while the 11 other towns are grappling for light brought about by fallen trees, branches, poles and transformers.

De Guzman said Beneco personnel have been working on rotating shifts to restore power in Baguio and Benguet, with nine main crews and 17 heavy crew teams responding.

In Baguio City, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported a family has been evacuated from Barangay QM due to a damaged roof.

The family is currently staying at the evacuation center, which is equipped with 20 modular tents for the onslaught of the storm.

CDRRMC also reported that there was no flooding at the City Camp lagoon area, while clearing of fallen branches and trees is ongoing as of Thursday evening.

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