NGCP restores power transmission facilities toppled by ‘Lawin’

FreByddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has fully restored its power transmission facilities in the Ilocos provinces, Abra, Benguet, and Mountain Province that were earlier damaged by super typhoon “Lawin.”

Lilibeth P. Gaydowen, public affairs officer of NGCP North Luzon, however, said that their transmission facilities in the Cagayan Valley provinces are not yet fully restored.

The power transmission facilities in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Isabela, Cagayan, Kalinga, and Apayao are 87.57 percent restored,” she said on Friday.

She added, “all 69 kV lines were energized, except for two line segments serving Kalinga and parts of Cagayan and Apayao.”

She said the restoration activities in the Cagayan Valley are still ongoing where 74 out of 84 posts toppled. 88 out of 101 leaning assorted poles (wood and steel) are already restored.

Gaydowen also said that while most of the damaged structures are located in difficult mountainous areas, their aviation team is now working to help expedite the restoration.

As far as NGCP facilities are concerned, provinces still with no power are Kalinga and Apayao and some parts of Cagayan. Other provinces already have 100 percent transmission services,” she said.

Meanwhile, linemen of Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO) and Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) have intensified clearing and rehabilitation operations to the collapsed household power service lines caused by Lawin.

As of October 26, ISECO public affairs officer Clarence Ducusin said that 130, 222 households from 613 of total 768 barangays of Ilocos Sur have restored power supply.

We are rushing the clearing operations to the power lines in the remaining 27,858 households in the 155 barangays in Ilocos Sur to fully restore the household’s power supply in the province,” Ducusin said.

For Ilocos Norte, Rizal Castillo, the officer – in – charge of the Zone 1 INEC, said that power supply has already been restored to the households in urban villages of towns and cities in the province.

As of October 26, households in 180 out of 557 barangays in Ilocos Norte still have no access to electricity

Castillo said that their linemen have difficulty delivering materials for posts and power lines to areas which are still hard to access in the aftermath of Lawin.

We need ample time to fully – restore power supply in the far – flung areas in the province,” Castillo said.#