434,000 Metro Manila households still in the dark

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 17 2014 09:55 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2014 05:55 AM

Meralco: Rotating brownouts may last 5 hours

MANILA – An estimated 434,000 customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) in Metro Manila are still without power, a day after typhoon "Glenda" devastated parts of Luzon.

Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said power has yet to be restored in parts of Paranaque, Muntinlupa, and Las Pinas.

Other areas that already have power, meanwhile, are experiencing rotating brownouts that may last up to 5 hours due to a “shortfall” of power supply from power plants in southern Luzon.

“Since mayroong shortfall coming from the southern part of our franchise, kasi dapat may papasok from Ilijan, ang nangyari, we still need to stretch a bit ‘yung earlier na 3 to 4 hour duration,” Zaldarriaga told dzMM Thursday night.

Nearby provinces under the Meralco franchise are also experiencing massive blackouts, particularly Cavite and Bulacan.

In Cavite, 64 percent or more than 400,000 customers are still without power. In Bulacan, 10 percent or about 67,000 customers have no electricity.

Zaldarriaga said the target is to restore power in the entire franchise area by 10 p.m. Friday.

“Ang aming commitment ay 10 in the evening bukas ay majority or actually the entire circuit ay maibabalik na,” he said.

As of Thursday, more than 35.42 percent or 1.9 million Meralco customers in its entire franchise area are still without electricity.

Restoring power may take longer in Bicol and Quezon, however, as repair works on the transmission backbone are expected to take 2 to 5 days.

“’Yung pasok ni ‘Glenda’, talagang sa south siya rumagasa and I think in terms of ‘yung intensity o lakas nitong bagyo, medyo na-approximate nito si Milenyo,” said Zaldarriaga.

Typhoon Milenyo struck the Philippines in 2006 and also caused massive blackouts in Luzon.

Data from Meralco and the National Grid Power Corporation (NGCP), meanwhile, showed that 91-99 percent of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, Mindoro and Zambales will have power by Friday morning.