Power outages reported in parts of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite due to ‘Jolina’ – Meralco

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2021   •   268

Parts of the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite have experienced power outages due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm ‘Jolina’, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Wednesday said.

In an advisory, Meralco said the outages occurred in the southern part of its franchise.

“As of 12 noon, the weather disturbance still affected around 270,000 customers. Majority of these are from the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite,” said Joe Zaldarriaga, vice president for Meralco Corporate Communications.

Meralco also reported that around 500,000 of its customers were affected by an earlier automatic load dropping (ALD) when 730MW of capacity from San Lorenzo, San Gabriel, and Avion natural gas power plants were isolated due to the tripping of NGCP’s Batangas-Makban line.

“The power interruption lasted for 11 minutes and all affected circuits were restored by 11:10am,” the power distributor said.

Zaldarriaga assured that their crews will continue to work 24/7 to immediately restore power in affected areas.

Power rates slightly up in October

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Friday announced a slight increase in power rates for October.

In a statement, Meralco said the overall rate for a typical household inched up by only P0.0283 per kWh. This is equivalent to an increase of only around P6 in the total bill of a residential customer consuming 200 kWh.

The electric company explained that the power rate hike is due to the increase in transmission costs and other charges.

Meanwhile, Meralco reiterated that its disconnection activities remain suspended in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Lucena City in Quezon, which are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), from October 1 to 15. AAC

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Meralco announces at least P21 increase in September bill

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Power distributor Meralco announced on Wednesday (September 15) that electricity rates this month of September have slightly increased due to higher generation charges.

Meralco said this month’s rates will increase by P0.11 per kilowatt-hour.

This is equivalent to a Php 21 increase in the total September bill of the majority of homes consuming 200 kWh.

Meralco made the announcement of the power rate increase despite a previous appeal from the House of Representatives to waive such additional charges as it would add yet another burden to consumers given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NVOC assures no COVID-19 vaccines destroyed due to recent storms

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Vaccinations Operations Center (NVOC) on Monday assured that no COVID-19 vaccines were affected in the onslaught of two storms, Jolina and Kiko, that barrelled through the country last week.

In a televised briefing, NVOC representative Dr. Kezia Rosario said the COVID-19 vaccine shots were transported temporarily to provincial health offices for safekeeping in areas affected by the storms.

Rosario also said that even cold chain storage facilities housing the vaccines were safe.

 “Lahat ng bakuna natin during the time of the bagyo were safe po at na-store po siya properly at hindi po tayo nagkaroon ng excursion sa temperature nito. So they are still effective and puwede pa po siyang ibigay sa mga vaccinees natin,” she said.

During the onslaught of Jolina, at least 19 municipalities in the Bicol region suspended vaccination operations while 49 areas in the Eastern Visayas region stopped the inoculation process.

At least three towns in Cagayan Valley also halted their vaccine rollouts due to Typhoon Kiko.

Rosario, however, said that the vaccination operations in the said areas have since resumed when the skies cleared.

The NVOC has yet to get an update on the vaccination rollout in Batanes that was battered by Kiko over the weekend.

“We do not have any updates pa po kung ilan iyong municipalities ng Batanes. But as of now, we know that all of the vaccines were transported doon sa provincial health offices for storage for the time being. And iyong sa Itbayat na vaccines, it was also transported sa district hospital nila for the time being,” she said.

The NVOC official assured that they have prepared response plans during calamities to ensure the safety of the vaccine supply.

“We also have rolled out ‘no and enforced iyong pag-establish ng mga vaccine security teams not only in the National Vaccine Operations Center kung hindi po sa Regional Vaccine Operations Center natin at saka sa Local Vaccine Operations Center,” she said.

“Sila po ay mag-i-ensure that bago pa man dumating ang bagyo nakahanda na po lahat ng preparations para maprotektahan natin iyong cold chain at saka ma-maintain natin iyong temperature ng mga vaccines natin. Kung kailangan sila i-transport immediately, gagawin po iyon,” she added.

Generators are also on standby in case of power interruptions that may affect cold storage facilities.

“And also, na-orient na po iyong mga vaccination teams natin that once the bagyo ay matapos na po ay ma-ensure nila that they can resume the vaccination activities immediately at saka mabigay nila iyong mga bakuna immediately,” Rosario said.

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