Meralco helps restore power in ‘Odette’-hit areas

December 21, 2021, 8:54 pm

<p><em>PNA-Bacolod file photo</em></p>

PNA-Bacolod file photo

MANILA – The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will deploy a contingent of about 50 engineers and linemen to help in clearing operations and power restoration in areas that were severely affected by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).
In a statement, the company said 25 of these engineers and linemen arrived in Cebu Tuesday.
It immediately coordinated with the Department of Energy and the Visayan Electric Co. (VECO) and sent an advance party in Cebu on December 19 to help assess the extent of damage to power facilities.
Meralco is also coordinating with concerned offices, including the Philippine Navy and PLDT, for the transportation of additional personnel, 15 vehicles, 11 generator sets, and heavy equipment to the work site. 
More personnel and portable generator sets are currently on standby and ready to be deployed to other areas that would need assistance.
The Meralco Group, through One Meralco Foundation, said it is working closely with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, MVP Group, the government and private sector to provide immediate relief to those severely affected by the typhoon.
Meralco PowerGen Corporation and Global Business Power Corporation are also providing 20,000 liters of diesel to help fuel the generator sets of PLDT and Smart, which are working to restore telecommunications services in the affected areas. (PR)