Electricity back in Pinamungajan, Aloguinsan, more parts of Cebu

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THERE were cheers in midwest Cebu after power was restored in two more towns as the new year came into view; however, the situation was still “dark” in southern Cebu as electric utilities continue to grapple with the destruction of their power lines in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette (Rai).

Cebu 3 Electric Cooperative Inc. (Cebeco 3) restored the Pinamungajan Substation supplying power to the municipalities of Pinamungajan and Aloguinsan last Dec. 31, finally enabling all areas in its coverage to be partially energized.

Cebeco 3 covers Toledo City and the towns of Asturias, Balamban, Pinamungajan and Aloguinsan.

As of 10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2022, Cebeco 3 had energized 23 percent of Pinamungajan barangays, 13 percent of Aloguinsan barangays, 34 percent of Toledo City barangays, 48 percent of Asturias barangays and 54 percent of Balamban barangays.

Typhoon Odette pummeled Cebu last Dec. 16 with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 240 kph, hitting hardest the central and southern portions of Cebu island.

Cebeco 3 has been giving regular updates to the public on the progress of its power restoration efforts.

But in southern Cebu, which is covered by Cebeco 1, there was still little word on when consumers would get their power back.

Last Dec. 31, in its first post on its Facebook page after the storm, Cebeco 1 sought its customers’ patience and understanding, saying Typhoon Odette was the worst calamity to strike southern Cebu in 31 years and that damage to power lines had been massive.

Without giving a time frame on when households could get their power back, Cebeco 1 said its restoration efforts would prioritize water facilities, hospitals, cell sites and institutions providing basic services.

Cebeco 1 covers 18 local government units in southern Cebu.

As of Dec. 27, according to the Cebu Provincial Government, there was still no power in 16 areas covered by Cebeco 1: Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Santander, Oslob, Boljoon, Alcoy, Dalaguete, Argao, Sibonga and Carcar City.

Last Dec. 22, Cebeco 1 informed the Capitol that power had been restored only in parts of the towns of Ginatilan and Samboan, especially the highway, and that it aimed to energize the highway from Boljoon to Oslob on the same day.

In mideastern Cebu, Visayan Electric reported that as of 12 noon Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, it had energized 132,309 or nearly 28 percent of its 474,182 affected customers, and restored 386 or 71 percent of the 544 power line segments in its franchise area.

Visayan Electric covers eight towns and cities in Metro Cebu: the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and the municipalities of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

Further east, the Mactan Electric Company (Meco) covers Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town on Mactan Island.

As of Dec. 31, Meco has focused its power restoration efforts on Lapu-Lapu City.

In 1990, Typhoon Ruping (Mike) with its more than 200 kph winds also toppled power lines in Cebu, leaving the metropolitan areas of the province without electricity for about a month.

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