Preparations are underway to minimize the impact of tropical depression Agaton on transmission operations and facilities, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday.
NGCP, the firm running the country's state-owned power grid, said in a statement that it has readied communication, hardware, and supplies to ensure restoration work.
Preparations and precautions include ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies needed for the repair of damages to facilities, and deploying crews in strategic areas to facilitate immediate restoration work, the NGCP said.
These are part of prescribed Integrated Disaster Action Plan and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance, it said.
As of 4 p.m., weather bureau PAGASA said Agaton was located 175 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, with gusts of up to 60 kph.
Agaton is expected to make landfall over Caraga region late Monday or early Tuesday.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 is raised over the following areas:
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island
Surigao del Sur