Veco assures faster power restoration

SHOULD there be power service interruptions after typhoon Ruby hits Cebu this weekend, the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) said it will try to attend to its customers at the shortest time possible.

VECO Engineering Group head Valentin Saludes III, however, said that restoration of affected service areas will depend if the typhoon doesn’t affect the main grid.

After super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, it took VECO a week before power to all its affected customers were restored.

This time, Saludes said they hope to get the work done in a shorter time.

Saludes said in a press conference yesterday that if typhoon Ruby’s wind speed reaches 70 to 80 kilometers per hour, they will shut down their supply to prevent damage to the grid.

After the typhoon, VECO will prioritize restoring power to its main generators and fixing transmission lines before attending to customers.

Saludes said fixing the main generators first ensures there is an adequate supply of electricity to be given to consumers.

Saludes said restoring power to customers might take a while since they will have to check if there are damaged poles or connections before they proceed to energize a certain area.

Meanwhile, VECO corporate communications manager Theresa Sederiosa advised customers not to touch or attempt to remove electric posts toppled by the typhoon and allow VECO personnel to handle them instead.

She also asked customers to record the number of the electric posts felled by the typhoon and report it to their office for immediate tracking and repair.

VECO personnel will be working 24 hours a day to help restore power to affected areas in Metro Cebu.

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