Parts of Bicol region still without power after Quinta onslaught

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   177

Widespread disruption of electrical power has been reported in the Bicol Region after the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Monday.

In an update posted on Twitter, the NGCP said that as of 6 a.m., areas of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur are still without power while supply in Quezon, Albay and Batangas areas have been partially restored.

Power supply in Laguna and Camarines Norte, on the other hand, have returned to normal.

The agency said the loss of power may be caused by transmission facilities  or distribution facilities of local distribution utilities or electric cooperatives affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta.

The agency added that transmission services may be 100 percent restored but energization may not be implemented due to unrestored distribution systems.

“Inspection and restoration of lines in the affected areas will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows,” the NGCP said.

“Please contact your local electric cooperative or distribution utility for updates on distribution system restoration and specific areas affected by the power interruptions, unless the outage affects the entire franchise area,” it added.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 5 earlier reported damage and flooding in parts of the region due to heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Quinta.

In an initial report, the OCD said around 8,030 families or 24,736 individuals were displaced by the storm and are currently staying in evacuation centers.

Twelve fishermen were also reported missing in Catanduanes.

The local government said the distribution of food packs is ongoing in evacuation centers as it monitors the health and safety of evacuees to avoid possible infection of coronavirus disease inside the crowded shelters. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bryan Baldaraje)

SSS to provide calamity assistance to members, pensioners in typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) on Sunday announced that it will open an assistance package for its members and pensioners in areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses.

On its Facebook post, the SSS said the assistance program will be open on 27 November 2020.

The assistance package will include the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Three-month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation pensioners, and the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan. 

“Applications for CLAP and the Three-month Advance Pension will be open from 27 November 2020 until 26 February 2021. The Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan will be open for one year from the issuance of its corresponding circular,” the advisory added.

The SSS added that it will be coordinating with its media partners and shall utilize its Facebook page for the release of the complete guidelines for the said programs.

The SSS concluded that it “commiserates with everyone who was affected by the said typhoons. It hopes that through the assistance package and its regular benefit programs, it may help its members and pensioners during these difficult times.” —/mbmf

500,000 Meralco customers still without electricity

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Friday said that around 500,000 of its customers still have no power in the wake of the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

In a Facebook post, Meralco said most of those affected by power outages are households in Bulacan, Cavite, Marikina, and Quezon City areas.

“As of 6AM, bumaba na to 500K households, or 7.4% ang walang kuryente,” the power distributor said in a statement.

“Walang pong tigil ang restoration efforts ng Meralco para maibalik ang kuryente sa inyong mga tahanan,” it added.

The number is an improvement from the nearly 4 million households that initially lost power after Ulysses’ fierce winds and torrential rains toppled electrical posts and damaged facilities in Meralco’s franchise area.

It gradually decreased to 1.94 million as of 12 noon of Nov. 12 and then to more than 700,000 as of Thursday night.

Meralco reiterated its earlier assurance that its teams on the field are exerting all efforts to restore power soonest despite the current constraints.

The utility firm, however, said that power restoration efforts in areas that are heavily flooded would have to wait so as not to endanger the lives of their linemen.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals have all been lifted in the country as Typhoon Ulysses moves to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

30 of 44 transmission lines downed by TY Ulysses now restored — NGCP

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is continuously conducting damage assessment of transmission lines affected by Typhoon Ulysses in several areas across the country.

According to the agency’s report on Thursday (November 12) evening, 30 out of 44 affected transmission lines have been restored. 

Meanwhile, the remaining lines are undergoing restoration.

The agency is currently conducting aerial and foot patrols to assess the extent of the damage to its facilities and simultaneously conducting restoration activities in areas that are already accessible.

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