Siargao experiencing power outage for a week now

by May Diez, ABS-CBN Butuan

Posted at Apr 09 2010 09:09 PM | Updated as of Apr 10 2010 05:09 AM

SIARGAO, Surigao del Norte – Siargao Island is suffering in the dark for a week now. The blackout, however, might continue up until the May elections.

Siargao Electric Cooperative (Siarelco) general manager Sergio Dagooc said the power outage is due to a damaged underwater electric cable.

Dagooc said the cable, located at the vicinity of Barangay Doña Helen in Socorro town, was damaged Thursday last week.

Siarelco has already dispatched divers from Davao City to check the cause.

Dagooc admitted that blackouts may possibly last up to the May 10 elections as they have more than 9 kilometers of cable to check.

Francisco Pobe, regional director of the Commission in Elections (Comelec) in Caraga, meanwhile, said he already informed the central office about the problem.

Pobe has requested power generator sets to address the issue.

The Comelec office in Surigao del Norte, meanwhile, is also working on printing the voters’ list.