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Full Force Power Restoration Re-energizes 54% of Affected Households -Cusi

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The Department of Energy (DOE) led Task Force on Energy Resiliency (TFER) reported that 54% of the affected households in Typhoon Ompong hit areas already have electricity.

Of the 2,253,230 affected households, a total of 1,216,727 have been energized, while 1,036,502 are still undergoing power restoration, according to the latest data from the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

“We are now at 54% and continuously mobilizing our people to areas of concern for the speedy restoration of power, among other forms of assistance from the energy family,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

On generation, the National Power Corporation-Smalll Power Utilities Group (SPUG) reported normal operations of its diesel power plants (DPP) in the areas of Batanes (Itbayat and Sabtang); Isabela and Aurora areas (Maconacon and Casuguran). On the other hand, the NPC-SPUG DPPs in Calayan, Minabel Balatubat, Kabugao, and Palanan are either under assessment or impassable due to the occurrence of landslides, while the one DPP in Basco is undergoing distribution side line maintenance with feeder 1 restored by 11:37 am today.

NPC’s dam status report indicates that water-spilling operations generally decreased, but were still on-going at the Ambuklao, Binga and San Roque dams. Spilling operations at the San Roque dam are forecasted to end by Friday (21 September).

On transmission, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines deployed 22 line crews totaling 176 field personnel and augmentation teams to expedite the restoration of the remaining transmission facilities still offline.

NGCP recently energized the transmission systems of Ifugao, Mt. Province and Benguet, while transmission services in Cagayan, and Apayao are still under rehabilitation.

On distribution, target timelines for power restoration per area of concern are as follows:

Region I (5 ECs): Ilocos Norte (INEC with 52.42% restored, full restoration is targeted on 16 October), Ilocos Sur (ISECO 0%, 6 October), La Union (LUELCO with 77.43%, 23 September), and Pangasinan (PANELCO I & III, 100% restored)

Region II (7 ECs): Cagayan (CAGELCO I with 6.74%, 30 November and CAGELCO II with 0%, 16 October), Isabela (ISELCO I with 86.36%, 22 September and ISELCO II with 39.45%, 15 October), Nueva Vizcaya (NUVELCO with 0%), Quirino (Quirelco with 77.33%), and Batanes (BATANELCO, 100% restored)

CAR (5 ECs): Kalinga-Apayao (KAELCO with 0%, 15 October), Mountain Province (MOPRECO with 0%, 30 September), Abra (ABRECO with 0%, no timeline yet), Benguet (BENECO with 50.37%, 6 October), and Ifugao (IFELCO with 0%, no timeline yet)

Region III (3 ECs): Aurora (AURELCO with 92.99%, 18 Sept.), Nueva Ecija (NEECO II-Area 2, 100% restored) and Zambales (ZAMECO with 96.61%, timeline for confirmation)

Region IV-A (2 ECs): Laguna (FLECO, 100% restored) and Batangas (BATELEC II, 100% restored)

NCR: Meralco expects to restore today (17 Sept.) the coastal areas of Paombong and Hagonoy, Bulacan.

For the oil industry, the DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau reported that there is sufficient supply of petroleum products, with stocks ranging from 2 to 15 days, depending on the area.

The DOE reminds the oil companies that a price freeze for household LPG (11 kg) and kerosene products is now being implemented in Cagayan, Abra, Benguet, Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga and Mayoyao, Ifugao following the declaration of a State of Calamity in the areas. The price freeze will be enforced for 15 days upon said announcement.

The DOE assures that public that the energy family is working non-stop until the energy services affected by Typhoon Ompong are brought back to normal conditions.

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