Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. Alfonso Cusi called on the members of the power sector to prepare for the impending impact of Typhoon Rolly during a virtual meeting of the Task Force on Energy Resiliency on Friday.
Based on data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of 4PM, Rolly was spotted 980 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora packing winds of up to 185 kph and gusts of up to 235 kph.
Rolly is forecasted to strengthen further into a super typhoon before making landfall in Aurora or Quezon on Sunday night (November 1) or Monday morning (November 2).
“The energy sector must be well-prepared to effectively prevent and minimize potential damage to our energy facilities. Without sacrificing the safety of our personnel, we must also be ready to respond immediately and conduct rapid damage assessments should the typhoon leave a trail of destruction in its wake,” Cusi emphasized.
Cusi has directed the National Electrification Administration to mobilize its Task Force Kapatid for the immediate restoration of power in areas that would be affected by Rolly.
Meanwhile, the National Power Corporation; Philippine Independent Power Producers Association; National Grid Corporation of the Philippines; and the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) have also assured the secretary that they are ready with their contingency and response plans.
Cusi has also asked oil companies to secure the proper fuel inventory levels, and reminded them on the implementation of a price freeze on household liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene products should there be areas placed under a State of Calamity.
“We would like to assure the public that the energy family is working together to see to it that our energy facilities remain operational at all times. In the meantime, we would like to appeal to everyone to remain vigilant and cooperate with the authorities as we brace for Typhoon Rolly,” Secretary Cusi concluded.