82% of power in Panay restored
Iloilo City (29 June) -- As of press time, the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) has already restored 82 percent of power in Panay after Typhoon "Frank" brought heavy damages to its transmission lines in the different areas of the island.
This was disclosed by Engr. Rey Jaleco, Department Manager of TransCo based here in Iloilo City.
Jaleco said the Iloilo Electric Cooperative (ILECO) I, also covering areas of the Antique province has already been energized so with ILECO II.
However, despite its efforts to restore electric power in Calinog area covered by ILECO II, Jaleco asked for more time, as its transmission line structure in Ulian River in Duenas, Iloilo was badly affected by the heavy flooding triggered by the typhoon.
Jaleco said electricity is also back in service areas covered by ILECO III and Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO).
"We are now hastening our repair works on our damaged lines covering Aklan area, and, hopefully, we will be able to restore the power in the province today", Jaleco added.
To fasttrack restoration of electric power in typhoon-hit areas was among the instructions given by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her video-conference with the National Disaster Coordinating Council as part of the on-going massive relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government.
As of 5 PM of June 28, the Regional Disaster coordinating Council 6 placed the death toll in Western Visayas at 322, with 288 others missing and 723 injured.
Some 49,122 houses were totally damaged and 1,894,445 people affected.
Estimated damage to infrastructure now hit 1,527,014,400.00 and in agriculture P1,381,444,146. (PIA) [top]