Meralco restores power supply in Taal-affected areas in Tagaytay

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The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has restored power supply in areas affected by the Taal eruption in Tagaytay, reducing the number of affected customers from 150,000 to 122,751.

According to a Manila Standard report, the number will continue to decrease as linemen and other field personnel continue to clean and restore the electricity services.

As of Wednesday, 10 a.m, Meralco Spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga revealed that areas still affected by the eruption include portions of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, and Biñan in Laguna, portions of Talisay in Batangas, portions of Silang, Amadeo, Alfonso, Mendez-Nuñez, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Dasmariñas, Indang, Magarondon, Naic, and Trece Martirez in Cavite, and portions of Tagaytay City.

Batangas I Electric Cooperative Inc. (BATELEC I) and Batangas II Electric Cooperative Inc. (BATELEC II) are also working on reinstating the power supply in areas surrounding the Taal Lake.

Affected municipalities in the franchise area of BATELEC I include Agoncillo, San Nicolas, portions of Calaca and Lemery, Sta. Teresita, and portions of San Luis, accounting for 23,916 household connections for restoration

Affected municipalities of BATELEC II, on the other hand, include Tanauan City, Talisay, and Laurel, accounting for 19,989 household connections for restoration.

“The Department of Energy (DOE) is closely coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (NDRRM), as well as all the members of the energy family, for subsequent updates and information pertinent to the status of energy facilities and systems or any other emerging problem that may affect energy supply in concerned areas,” Meralco was quoted as saying in the report.

In related news, the National Power Corp. (NAPOCOR), in partnership with the DOE’s Electric Power Industry Management Bureau and the Task Force on Energy Resiliency, has also implemented its contingency forces to handle the close monitoring of power plants’ status and operations.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has also implemented contingency measures to monitor the effects of Taal Volcano’s volcanic activity on transmission facilities.

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