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PIA Press Release
2006/12/14

Task Force Seniang helps rehabilitate damage electrical structures in Biliran

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (14 December) -- While the entire coverage area of the Biliran Electric Cooperative (BILECO) Incorporated here in the province of Biliran is still without electricity for the past five days since Typhoon Seniang hit the province late Saturday, December 9, Marlon B. Roa, General Manager of BILECO has organized a working group known as Task Force Seniang.

According to Roa in an interview at his office the other day, Task Force Seniang has a total workforce of 70 persons composed mainly of linemen, boom truck drivers and operators and other personnel that will help rehabilitate the heavily damaged electrical transmission lines and structures within the coverage area of BILECO.

Roa said that Typhoon Seniang has destroyed 107 electrical structures which are composed of electrical posts, transformers, insulators and electrical transmission wires with an estimated damage cost of P3.8 million.

He added that part of the task force were personnel from other electric cooperatives in the region coming from Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO) Incorporated whose manpower compliment has already arrived yesterday (December 13).

GM Roa is also expecting a manpower back-up from Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEYECO V) based in Hilongos, Leyte with five linemen, a boom truck operator and driver and one light vehicle which will form part of the organized task force.

The sending of manpower and vehicles by other electric cooperatives in the region is a manifestation of how solid are the electric cooperatives in the region composed of 11 electric cooperatives, GM Roa said.

Roa likewise said that the official of the National Transmission Corporation (Transco) assured that the Lemon-Biliran section will be fully rehabilitated and will be operational within five days.

The BILECO chief assured the member-consumers of BILECO that power services will be back on December 16 specifically from Biliran-Naval-Almeria sections and from Biliran-Bunga section.

He also announced to the member-consumers covering the Almeria-Kawayan section that they will be lighted by December 20 while the Bunga-Cabucgayan section and Kawayan-Culaba section will have their schedule on the power services by December 22 and 25 respectively.

GM Roa likewise reiterates his strong opposition to the tree planting of Gemelina trees and other kinds of tress planted along the national highways that greatly contributed to the destruction of majority of the damaged power structures of the cooperative.

He demonstrated that an electrical post will just recline if hit by strong wind but its total destruction is aggravated by the body or branches of trees that hit the power structure.

He cautioned the public not to take advantage of the of the situation by stealing some vital parts of the damaged power structures lying on the ground so as not to further delay the rehabilitation and will also posed a big disadvantage and a loss to the cooperative.

He appealed to the public to bear the short period of inconvenience of having no electricity because BILECO management is doing its best to restore power in the entire coverage of the electric cooperative the soonest time possible. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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