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NORECO II power restored 60%
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Power was restored yesterday afternoon in at least 60 percent of the coverage areas of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II after two nights and almost three days of power outage due to tropical storm “Pablo”.

Dumaguete City and other areas in Negros Oriental had experienced power outage since Tuesday morning after the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines reported failure in its transmission lines.

Local electric service providers NORECO I and NORECO II lost power due to broken branches, felled trees and electric poles, and damaged power lines and transformers when typhoon “Pablo” slammed the province late Tuesday.

Many families had fled their homes in pre-emptive evacuation to avoid casualties. The provincial and local government units expressed relief that the mitigation measures and contingency plans adopted days ahead of the storm resulted in minimal damage.

The hotels in Dumaguete City were crammed with residents who checked in due to the power outages. A number of business establishments resumed operations on Wednesday after the storm had passed, and relied on power generator sets.

The NGCP reported that, as of 5 a.m. yesterday, all of its 230-kilovolt, 138-kV and 69-kV transmission and sub-transmission lines and substations in the Visayas were operating under normal conditions.

Elmer Cruz of NGCP said all restoration works in the Visayas have been completed. The normalization came after the restoration of the Bacong-Dauin-Siaton 69-kV line, that was energized at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday, and the Amlan-Bindoy-Guihulngan 69-kV line at 4:26 p.m. yesterday.

Power outages in many areas are still being experienced while local service providers work round-the-clock to clear vegetation, erect felled or new poles, and replace busted transformers.*JFP

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