Gov't pushes back power restoration target in quake-hit Visayas

Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2017 03:45 PM

MANILA - The Department of Energy said Wednesday it moved its self-imposed deadline to restore power in Visayan islands hit by a powerful earthquake last week.

By end July or August 1, the DOE said it would have restored 160 of the 291 megawatts required in Leyte, Samar and Bohol. The original deadline was on Wednesday.

A test failure prompted the government to revise the target, energy undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said, adding the government was frustrated over the delay.

The Energy Development Corporation, the owner of the geothermal plants in the affected areas, said it was focusing on the restoration of Tongonan unit 2.