CAGELCO II restores 30% power lines

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 3 (PIA) – – Cagayan Electric Cooperative II (Cagelco II) has already restored 30 percent power distribution lines of its member consumers following the massive destruction brought by typhoon “Ompong”.

Blandina Madamba, general manager, said all service areas of Cagelco II suffered devastations as hundreds of their service poles were toppled by the recent super tyhphoon

According to Madamba, power have already been restored to some 40,000 household consumers  that are mostly near the backbone service lines or at the highway.

“We experience hardships in restoring the poles, especially those erected in the rice fields and those in the mountainous and hilly areas,” Madamba said.

The Cagelco II has  more than 126,794 consumers.

Re-energization target

Madamba said they targeted  October 4 this year to re-energize the backbone power lines. On the other hand, Madamba said lateral lines may be restored up to October 14,  and complete re-energization of all member consumers is targeted until October 30.

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“We are thankful that there were already task forces from different electric cooperatives from other regions that help in the restoration of CAGELCO II’s lines,” Madamba said.

She said there were 111 linemen who augmented their force to fast track restoration of the power lines up to the barangays.

The task force members came from Central Luzon Electric Cooperative Association, Bicol Electric Cooperative Association, North-Eastern Luzon Electric Cooperative, PhilTeco and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Incurred damages

She said CAGELCO II incurred an estimated P50 million due to the destruction of the cooperative’s power lines. The municipalities of Allacapan and Sta. Ana suffered the most.

She also encouraged consumers whose electric  meters were destroyed to immediately report to CAGELCO II office seven days after the restoration of the backbone lines to avail of the free  meter replacement. (PIA-Cagayan)

Source: PIA Feed