January 30, 2023

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reported only Mountain Province is yet to have its power restored among the six provinces and two cities in the Cordillera.

Melma Batario, NGCP regional communications and public affairs officer, said the Mankayan-Sagada 69-kilovolt (kV) line remains de-energized due to reported leaning and toppled structures.

Cordillera experienced heavy rainfall and strong winds during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, causing landslides and uprooting trees that affected electric lines in the region.

She said affected in Mopreco’s franchise areas are Mountain Province; parts of Cervantes and Quirino, Ilocos Sur; and parts of Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Batario said their personnel were working double-time to restore electricity in these areas.

“Assessment and clearing works are ongoing. Line patrol will continue for further assessment and implement restoration as soon as possible,” Batario said, adding toppled trees were cleared along the La Trinidad-Mankayan-Sagada 69kV line segments with the assistance of Mopreco.

Batario said Benguet Electric Cooperative’s Mankayan and Atok substations were already reenergized.

Beneco acting general manager Melchor Licoben said power has been restored in 94,221 out of its 192,000 household consumers in Baguio and Benguet.

Power has been restored in 84 out of 128 villages in Baguio City, and 26 out of 140 barangays in 13 towns of Benguet.

“This is because of numerous collapsed, leaning, and broken poles,” Licoben said, adding that they have gone full blast, hoping to restore power to their service area. – PNA