N. Luzon power supply to be restored next week

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2010 03:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2010 01:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Power will be restored in Northern Luzon by Wednesday next week, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.

In a press briefing, Almendras said about 12 transmission line towers were toppled when typhoon Juan (international codename Megi) swept through the region. Cagayan and Isabela were the hardest hit.

Almendras has instructed the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to bring in equipment for the construction of temporary power lines in the affected sites.

He said they have asked local government units to help them with right of way issues.

"Kapag may nagharang sa right of way, wala tayong magagawa at made-delay talaga ang repair works," he said.

If needed, Alemdras said he will coordinate with the Philippine Airforce to bring the electricity poles to affected areas in the mountains.

Meanwhile, the energy chief assured Metro Manila residents of stable power supply as major power plants that tripped down early this week are now operational. - Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News