WORKING. Linemen from Samar are joined by villagers in Maasin City as they work for the restoration of power in some parts of the city more than three months after Typhoon Odette battered the province. As of March 27, 2022, some 34,735 houses are still without electricity. (Photo courtesy of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative)

TACLOBAN CITY – Electricity has been restored in only 309 out of 500 villages in Southern Leyte after more than three months of the power outage caused by Typhoon Odette.

The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (Soleco) reported on Friday that as of March 27, only 71,052 houses and establishments have been energized out of the 105,787 affected power consumers.

This means that 34,735 houses are still affected by power shutdown.

“As of this posting, 61.43 percent of villages are already partially energized within the coverage area of Soleco. Per consumer status, 67.17 percent are already energized,” Soleco said in its report.

All 15 villages of San Ricardo town are still without power, affecting at least 2,478 households in the typhoon-ravaged town.

Of the 19 towns under the franchise area of Soleco, only the towns of San Juan and Silago have been enjoying full power restoration as of this week.

The two towns have more than 7,000 consumers.

Partially-energized communities are in Maasin City, Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc, Sogod, Liloan, Saint Bernard, Hinunangan, Malitbog, Libagon, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Pintuyan, and Limasawa towns.

“We are very thankful to our member consumers for not turning a blind eye to the needs of our Task Force Kapatid by simply giving meals and snacks and most especially organizing the community to assist them in their day-to-day activities,” Soleco added.

Task Force Kapatid, composed of personnel from electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas, has deployed over 100 linemen to help repair damaged distribution facilities.

They were augmented by teams from power cooperatives in Luzon. (PNA)