About half of Luzon's power restored: NGCP

by Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 17 2014 10:21 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2014 08:36 PM

MANILA – Power has been restored for about half of consumers in Luzon following the onslaught of typhoon ''Glenda'' on Wednesday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.

Speaking to dzMM, NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said restoration works are still being carried out in affected NGCP transmission lines and facilities.

Alabanza said NGCP could not yet give a figure for its physically damaged facilities, but she said supply for half of Luzon's 7,000-megawatt daily average demand is already available.

Alabanza said NGCP facilities in Southern Luzon, Bicol region, Samar, and Northern Samar were the most affected. She said most of the power users in Luzon come from Southern Luzon and Metro Manila.


Meanwhile, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said as of Thursday morning, 37% of all of its customers remain without power, down from 76% on Wedneday evening.

Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said power supply from some distribution facilities in southern Luzon - where the typhoon-hit provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon are located – has yet to be restored.

Zaldarriaga said many posts were toppled and power lines cut in southern Luzon. He said repair works are ongoing.

In an earlier interview, Zaldarriaga said 110 Meralco-owned transmission and distribution poles and 104 transmission and distribution lines were affected by the typhoon.

In Metro Manila, 19% of Meralco's customers remain without power, Zaldarriaga said.

Zaldarriaga said the affected customers in Metro Manila come from the capital's southern portion, which was battered by strong winds.

He said the CAMANAVA area was not badly affected.