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Cusi asks for cooperation amid power restoration

The energy department is working to quickly restore the service of energy facilities in the aftermath of Typhoon Ompong.PHOTO/ VIRAL SHARER

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said government agencies are now working to quickly restore the service of energy facilities in areas hit by Typhoon Ompong.

“We are asking for everybody’s cooperation as your energy family continuously works on the safe and immediate restoration of power and damaged energy facilities,” Cusi said.

The National Power Corporation, National Electrification Administration, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, distribution utilities such as MERALCO and electric cooperatives, and other members of the energy industry have been working hand in hand 24/7 in monitoring and restoring energy facilities and power lines as Typhoon Ompong left the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 9 p.m. of Saturday, 15 September.

The Energy Chief also appealed to the public to observe energy safety precautions to protect against life-threatening hazards.

Some of the energy safety tips to keep families safe after a storm are as follows:

1. Use extreme caution when entering any flooded area. Floodwater may be electrically charged by downed power lines. Don’t go into a flood-damaged area until a licensed electrician has removed the electrical meter from its socket.

  1. Have an electrician check household electrical system and appliances. Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if re-energized without proper reconditioning or replacement.
  2. Report broken utility lines. Let appropriate agencies/authorities inspect broken utility lines such as electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.
  3. Return home safely. Watch out and stay away from downed power lines, trees and washed out roads.
  4. Get necessary medical care.
  5. Get rid of contaminated flood waters as it may cause infection. Boil and/or distill drinking water before using.
  6. Stay alert. Be updated on current weather news.

“The safety and security of everyone is our main concern. Let us always keep in mind all preventive measures to keep ourselves and our families safe,” the Energy Secretary emphasized.

“We thank everyone for understanding and rest assured, your energy family is doing everything humanly possible to bring the energy services back to normalcy,” Cusi concluded.

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