For their selfless dedication, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi salutes the heroes of the power sector during the supertyphoon Lawin restoration efforts. "In behalf of the entire energy family, my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to all the linemen and staff who braved the storm to ensure that electricity will be accessible again to the affected areas of Lawin," Cusi expressed. "Hindi biro ang kanilang sinasabak tuwing nagkakaroroon ng mga line rehab efforts para maibalik agad ang kuryente, these linemen are true to the spirit of bayanihan," Cusi added. Cusi lauded the heroism of 30-year-old Jomar Betonio of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOLECO), who died in the line of duty in the Province of Cagayan. Cusi emphasized that linemen should strictly follow safety standards and precautionary measures to avoid accidents. As of 20 November, the National Electrification Administration reported that the restoration level for supertyphoon Lawin stands at 94%. Of all the affected provinces in Northern Luzon, only Cagayan (82.48%), Kalinga-Apayao (79%), Abra (87%) and Isabela (78%) are still undergoing rehabilitation covering 94,332 households for energization due to inaccessible roads and uneven terrain. "The rehabilitation of the road networks is necessary for the smooth restoration of the distribution facilities in the said areas." The following institutions have nobly participated in Task Force Kapatid or Bayanihan in the power sector when disasters hit fellow industry participants: Abra Electric Cooperative, Angeles Electric Corporation, Batangas I & II Electric Cooperatives, Benguet Electric Cooperative, Cabanatuan Electric Corporation, Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative, Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Dagupan Electric Corporation, Davao Light & Power Company, First Laguna Electric Cooperative, Ifugao Electric Cooperative, Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Isabela I & II Electric Cooperatives, Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative, Leyte III Electric Cooperative, Manila Electric Company, National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, Nueva Ecija I Electric Cooperative, Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative -Areas 1 & 2, Pampanga I, II, & III Electric Cooperatives, Pampanga Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Pangasinan I & III Electric Cooperatives, Peninsula Electric Cooperative, Quezon I Electric Cooperative, Quirino Electric Cooperative, San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company, Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative, Subic Power Corporation, Tarlac Electric Incorporated, Tarlac I & II Electric Cooperatives, Visayan Electric Company Incorporated and Zambales I & II Electric Cooperatives.
Source: Philippine Information Agency