Personnel from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) offices and electric cooperatives in six regions are joining forces to restore power in Bicol and CALABARZON, which were hit by Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Quinta, pending the completion of their travel requirements given the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 teams from 14 electric cooperatives in Region 3 (Central Luzon) will be deployed to the franchise area of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative. Catanduanes was where Rolly made its first landfall Sunday dawn. Another four teams from three cooperatives based in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) will be deployed to other areas in Bicol.
Meanwhile, ten teams from seven cooperatives in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) will be deployed to the area covered by the Marinduque Electric Cooperative. The island province was one of those where Quinta made landfall in late October and was once again affected by Rolly.
Another ten teams from ten cooperatives in Region 6 (Western Visayas) will be sent to Mindoro to work on the lines of the Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro electric cooperatives.
Cooperatives from the Cordillera Administrative Region will be working to restore lines within the region, while those from Region 1 (Ilocos) are still awaiting deployment.
Photo from Philippine Coast Guard via CNN Philippines.