Visayan Electric: Rain won’t delay power restoration

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THE Visayan Electric Company has assured the public that despite the rainy weather, 30 percent of its franchise area will be re-energized before the year ends and 80 percent by Jan. 10, 2022, as earlier announced.

Streetlights along the main highway from Barangay Jubay, Liloan in northern Cebu all the way to the town of San Fernando in the south were already energized, president and chief operations officer Raul Lucero said Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

“Kung makita na ninyo ang kahayag sa atong highway, nagpasabot nga ang electricity naa na dinha sa inyong tugkaran,” said Lucero. (When you see the light on our highway, it means that electricity is already on your front yard.)

Lucero said it is only a matter of connecting the lateral electric lines going to the interior areas.

However, Lucero admitted that the company’s output on Dec. 29 was smaller than that of other days due to the intermittent weather being experienced.

“Amoa sila gi encourage nga dili mo trabaho kung mag-ulan kay dili mi gusto nga magkasakit sila,” said Lucero. (We encouraged them not to work when it rains because we don’t want them to get sick.)

Lucero added that they have prepared a separate building to be used for isolation in the event that their workers get sick.

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, chairman of the committee on communications, energy and other utilities. visited the electric company’s office in Barangay Kasambagan and talked with Lucero to check the energization status for Cebu City.

Cebu suffered a province-wide blackout after Typhoon Odette (Rai) toppled power lines last Dec. 16 with its maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 240 kph.

The councilor said the electric company was doing an excellent job, considering that most of the workers were also victims of the typhoon.

“They are tasked to restore the electricity, but they themselves are victims,” said Garganera.

Visayan Electric has already restored power to 30 out of 32 hospitals in its franchise area.

Lucero said that they are about to energize the Sacred Heart Hospital on Urgello St. and the hospital located inside Camp Lapu-Lapu in Barangay Apas.

He added that power supply in 55 of 80 pumping stations of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District within Cebu City was already restored.

As of 12 noon of Dec. 30, Visayan Electric had energized nearly 27 percent or 127,014 of its 474,182 affected customers, and restored 348 or 64 percent of the 544 power line segments within its franchise area.

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

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