MANILA -- Power supply has been cut in several regions on the path of Typhoon 'Ruby' (International name: 'Hagupit') to protect the power lines, according to Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.
In an interview on radio dzMM on Sunday, Petilla said power supply in most areas affected by the typhoon have already been cut, so as to lessen possible damage.
"Kapag mayroon tayong malakas na bagyo, eh talagang asahan na natin na mayroong babagsak na linya. Sabi ko nga, it's not a matter kung anong babagsak. Ang importante, kailan mababalik. 'Yan ang katanungan ng lahat ngayon," Petilla added.
He also said more power lines are expected to get cut, as they have yet to restore power in affected areas.
Among the areas currently affected by blackouts are the three Samar provinces, the whole of Leyte, including Tacloban City, Biliran, Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island, Masbate, Ticao Island, Marinduque and Romblon.
Power supply in parts of Camarines Sur, Albay, and southern part of Quezon have also been cut off.
Petilla said the power plant in Eastern Visayas was not damaged but power supply was cut so as to protect the plant from more serious damage.
"Bago pa tinamaan ang Samar, bago pa nag-landfall, bumagsak na ang linya doon, trip nang trip. Imbes na ibalik natin, hinayaan na muna natin patayin 'yung buong kuryente," he added.
He also explained that employees of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) cannot go out yet to check the damage because of strong rains and heavy rains.
"Ang problema, kahit gustong magfoot patrol ng NGCP, kahit 'yung mga kooperatiba, eh napakabagal ng bagyong ito. Hindi ka maka-foot patrol kapag mayroon pang malakas na hangin," Petilla said.
Petilla assured the public that they will try to restore power supply as soon as possible.
"Susubukan namin mag-foot patrol, pero hindi namin ilalagay sa panganib ang buhay ng line men namin. Susubukan namin magfoot patrol before the end of the day," he said.