Opav implements measures to address power, water concerns

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THE Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) continues to find ways to address the various concerns in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette (Rai).

The major concerns are the power blackout and the lack of water supply in Cebu. The onslaught of Odette has damaged the transmission and distribution lines in Cebu and Bohol, affecting the operation of gas stations.

The Office of the President-Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, through Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, coordinated with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to power up a moth-balled powerplant of Aboitiz Power Corp. subsidiary Cebu Private Power Corporation (CPPC).

The power plant was given authority to resume operation due to the intercession of Dino.

According to Aboitiz Power, four CPPC power generator units started delivering 18 megawatts of the power supply directly to the power distributor Visayan Electric Company (Veco) Sunday morning, December 19, 2021.

This enabled Veco to provide much-needed electricity starting with priority areas such as hospitals, government facilities, and the Metro Cebu Water District pumping stations.

The CPPC expects more of its power generation units to operate in the next 24 hours, which could double the power output to 36 MW.

Since the initial power output from the CPPC is very limited, these will be sent to hospitals like the Cebu City Medical Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Chong Hua Hospital, and Perpetual Succour Hospital, as well as MCWD and the Cebu Provincial Capitol.

Another concern is the inability of many gas stations to operate since they need generating sets to cater to the fuel requirements in Cebu.

The Department of Energy (DOE)-Visayas Field office, however, gave assurance that Cebu has enough supply of fuel for the next 16 days. According to DOE, more fuel will be delivered to Cebu.

Water is also a problem in Bohol province, especially in Loboc town, which is badly hit by Odette. The town experienced flooding in the aftermath of Odette.

Dino had negotiated for the use of a mobile water treatment plant using reverse osmosis technology from Vivant Corp and Watermatic Philippines.

The equipment was delivered to Tagbilaran port Sunday morning and will be brought to Loboc, Bohol to address the shortage of potable water. It is capable of producing 100 cubic meters of potable water per day.

As a stop-gap measure, OP-Opav will be supplying 150,000 liters of bottled water for distribution in Bohol and 500,000 liters of bottled water for Cebu.

So far, 24,000 liters of bottled water have been delivered to the municipality of Argao, which is the most-badly hit area in Cebu.

Meanwhile, MCWD, which is dependent on the power from Veco to operate their pumping stations, plans to increase the number of their generator sets by leasing or purchasing additional units.

MCWD is also asking for assistance from the Office of the President-Opav to transport 20 80-KvG generator sets from Manila to MCWD via C130.

Opav also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the distribution of relief goods in the two provinces.

Upon the guidance of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Dino had immediately conducted an assessment in the provinces of Bohol and Cebu on Friday, December 17, the day after Typhoon Odette wrought havoc in the areas it had passed through.

He went to Bohol last Friday, December 17, to immediately check on the ground situation a few hours after the devastation of the said typhoon.

The secretary talked with Bohol officials who informed him that Bohol is facing water and power supply woes.

Dino assured all the local government units in the Visayas that are affected by Typhoon Odette that the National Government is prioritizing the assistance of the affected individuals and families.

"Our President Mayor Duterte wants to extend any immediately available help to our affected victims and we have seen that majority of the essentials needed after Typhoon Odette was food and water," he said.

Right after his visit to Bohol, Dino made an aerial inspection of the said province and the island of Cebu Province.

The secretary was joined by the Visayas Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Major General Robert Dauz during the said inspection.

Both made an aerial inspection from Bohol to Cebu where they saw the damage caused by the typhoon especially in the flooded areas of Bohol Province. (PR)

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