LEYECO II’s Warriors of Light, as the linemen are called, work on double circuit restoration and replacement of damaged structures in Polangui, Albay. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LEYECO II
Linemen from 11 electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas (EV) doing restoration work of power lines toppled by super typhoon “Rolly” in the Bicol Region will extend their stay after some of the lines they finished were destroyed anew by typhoon “Ulysses.”
Leyte III Electric Cooperative (LEYECO 3) announced Sunday on Facebook that the Eastern Visayas PRRD-Task Force Kapatid will be in Albay until 30 November, instead of the 17th.
“Some posts and cables that we restored were destroyed again by ‘Ulysses’ so we have to stay longer in Albay,” lineman Nelson Villena said.
The original 15-day restoration of power lines began on 2 November.
“We will extend our assistance for another 13 days so they will have electricity before Christmas,” LEYECO stated.
The 11 electric cooperatives that Region 8 sent consist of 97 linemen as 90 percent of Albay power lines were damaged by “Rolly,” the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, on 1 November.
The Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) also reported continuous restoration activities at Ligao Substation — conductor termination; recloser control panel installation; lightning arrester installation; and input of recloser settings.
“Energization will be done in phases and not all will be energized at once,” APEC said. “Trip offs are caused by possible faults in the backbone lines and facilities damaged by the typhoon requiring repair or replacement.”
APEC is also conducting relief efforts with San Miguel Corporation Global Power for “Rolly” victims. On Saturday, they distributed goods to in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Malilipot and at Bacacay East Central School in Sogod.
A youth organization in Leyte likewise launched a donation drive for the Bicol Region.
The “Isang Delata Para sa mga Nasalanta” project of the Junior Jaycees (JJC) Tanauan Molave chapter and Metro Tacloban Ruperto Kangleon in Tacloban City is a house-to-house donation drive which aims to collect at least one canned good per household.
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