Power back in 7 provinces: DOE

MANILA The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday reported that power service in seven provinces Pangasinan, Batanes, Batangas, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, and Zambales have been restored following the outages caused by Typhoon "Ompong."

"Ompong" made a landfall in Cagayan in the morning of on Sept. 15 left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the evening.

The DOE assured in a statement on Monday that it has constantly been working on the restoration of electricity since the the typhoon damaged power lines and other power facilities in its path.

As of Monday, Sept. 17, all circuit outages are completely restored in areas being served by Meralco, the DOE reported.

However, there are still 15,000 to 20,000 Meralco customers or households undergoing restoration, it added.

The DOE added that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported a total of 14 de-energized transmission lines in regions I, II, III, IV-A, VII, and CAR

Transmission lines in Cagayan and Benguet have been partially restored.

There are still on-going restoration activities in Apayao, while transmission facilities in other affected provinces have been normalized, the energy department added.

Meanwhile, National Power Corporation (NPC) � Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) reported normal operations in the diesel power plant (DPP) areas of Batanes, (Basco, Itbayat, Sabtang) Isabela and Aurora (Maconacon, Casuguran). DPPs in Calayan, Minabel & Balatubat, Kabugao, and Palanan, on the other hand, are still being assessed.

Electric cooperatives (ECs) with ongoing restoration are in locos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Benguet, Mountain Province, Abra, Kalinga-Apayao and Ifugao.

The ECs that are fully restored are in Pangasinan, Batanes, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Laguna and Batangas.

The DOE likewise said there is sufficient supply of petroleum products, with stocks ranging from 2-15 days, depending on the area. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency