The country’s power grid operator sets power recovery targets in Odette-hit areas. Some areas in the Visayas will have their power restored before Christmas.
QUEZON CITY — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has released power recovery targets in Odette-hit areas, its statement said posted on its official Facebook page, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.
The statement also said NGCP continued its restoration efforts and has restored 76 transmission facilities out of 95 facilities in the Visayas.
Below is the released schedule for transmission lines restoration services of NGCP for areas affected by Typhoon Odette.
The schedule concerns “only transmission services, and not to distribution services or generating capacity,” NGCP further advised. The country’s power grid operator also clarified that for power to be restored fully “all distribution and transmission facilities and sufficient generating capacity must be available.”
NGCP also said, “We defer to the Department of Energy and/or the National Electrification Authority for information on distribution and generation restoration.”
Meanwhile, the affected transmission line (138kV) in Leyte and two others (138kV) in Cebu are expected to be restored on December 22. While another line (138kV) in Bohol is also eyed to be restored end of December, transmission services by VECO, MECO, and CEBECO II have been restored.
Moreover, the Paranas-Borongan-Quinapondan and Sta. Rita-Quinapondan 69kV lines of ESAMELCO franchise were already restored on December 20. Power transmission services in the areas served by ESAMELCO are now operational.
Also, the statement said NGCP has fully restored transmission services to the provinces of Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Biliran, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Davao Oriental, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur.
NGCP has boosted its workforce by deploying 736 personnel to work 24/7 as weather and safety conditions permit to speed up power recovery targets in Odette-hit areas. RQJ
Regel Javines owned and managed the Philippine Pundit and had a short stint as a deskman for national and foreign business news at The Manila Times. He has been blogging since 2011 writing news and opinion on various social issues and became a stringer for already defunct Yahoo! Contributor Network and Allvoices.com writing opinion and commentary articles. Regel is also a former employee as a content editor and proofreader in several book publishing companies. He was also the editor-in-chief of The Chronicler, an official student publication of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Taguig Campus, back in college.