MANILA - Electric cooperatives in nine provinces in southern Philippines were severely affected by typhoon Vinta resulting in power interruption in some towns in their franchise areas, the government said Wednesday.
The National Electrification Administration said electric cooperatives in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Palawan are still working to restore power in their areas.
Meanwhile, private distribution utilities Davao Light and Power Co., Cagayan Electric Power & Light, and Iligan Light and Power reported that some households are still without power due to dampened outlets and wiring caused by rains and floods.
The Department of Energy also said Vinta did not cause any damage to the National Power Corporation's plants and lines in the areas affected by the storm.
The DOE added that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has already restored all compromised transmission facilities.
"Our personnel and staff will continue working during the Christmas break to rehabilitate affected energy facilities, and to coordinate, monitor and report the developments for easy and fast mobilization of assets in places that need assistance," Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.
The DOE also said a price freeze is in effect on petroleum products in areas placed under a state of calamity.