TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 9 (PIA) – – The Cagayan Electric Cooperative I (CAGELCO I) has already restored 77 percent of its households consumers’ power supply as of October 3.
CAGELCO I General Manager Tito R. Lingan is thankful for the assistance of different electric cooperatives from other regions whose personnel are now deployed in different towns to help in the restoration effort.
He said there were 188 crew members from 24 electric cooperatives and one private firm of the “Task Force Kapatid” who are augmenting CAGELCO I’s workforce.
Far flung areas
Frances Obispo, OIC-chief of the Institutional Services Division, said the teams were distributed in the different towns where massive restoration is on-going.
“We still have 23 percent unenergized households in the whole CAGELCO I area. These are within the hardly hit towns and these are also the far flung zones where we need to cross rivers and climb mountains to reach the places,” Obispo said.
The remaining areas, she said, are within the municipalities of Sto Niño, Peñablanca and Baggao. The towns of Baggao and Penablanca were severely hit as it is where typhoon “Ompong” made landfall, while Sto Niño is a remote town of the province.
Destroyed electric posts
Obispo also said that there were 934 broken and 511 leaning electric poles accounted as of October 3 but they are still expecting additional reports as the teams go on restoration.
“We really need to replace the broken poles and we are assessing if the leaning poles need to be replaced or not,” Obispo said.
CAGELCO I has targeted up to November to fully restore the power lines of the consumers, however, Obispo is optimistic that, with the assistance of the task force, all member consumers will again enjoy the electric services ahead of the target.
Obispo is also thankful to the barangay folk who volunteered in clearing the pathways to hasten the job of the task force members.
“We appreciate that the people in the barangay are very accommodating and helpful to our crew members. Even the barangay officials offer their assistance to make our work easier,” Obispo said.
She added that the members of the Task Force Kapatid will stay in the province up to October 20 only, but CAGELCO I requested an extension until the remaining areas are all energized. (PIA 2-Cagayan)