MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) may need up to two months to fully restore power in areas worst-hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
Citing initial assessments, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla told ANC on Sunday that about 90 percent of power lines were cut in Tacloban City.
He estimated it may take 45 to 60 days to bring back electricity.
“We're talking total loss of 90% of poles coming down, washed by water. This is really something that is beyond what I've seen so far,” he said.
However, Petilla stressed that they still need a comprehensive assessment and inventory of the remaining infrastructure.
He also emphasized that help will be needed from power companies and local cooperatives.
In the meantime, generator sets will be deployed to typhoon-hit areas to augment temporary power supply. The gensets, which are stored in the National Power Corporation warehouse in Bulacan, will be shipped out in a few days.
Petilla noted that the available gensets in Tacloban were submerged in floods.
“We don't have any choice at this point but to use gensets. As the President mentioned, we have a few hundred gensets which are stored with NPC. We're trying to retrieve them. They're stored in a warehouse in Bulacan. These have been tested a few months ago we're going to test them again before we send them,” he said. -- from ANC