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In Bohol, power restoration is still minimal.

After the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao, power restoration in the province of Bohol is still limited almost three weeks later.

Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Mario Marasigan revealed in a press conference on Wednesday that the available capacity of electricity-producing facilities serving Bohol is just 47% or 28 megawatts.

Only one of the three transmission lines that were disrupted in the provinces was restored.

Despite the availability of power and a restored transmission line to deliver electricity, he noted, the restoration of distribution utilities (DUs) is still low.

DUs transport electricity to homes, businesses, and other power users.

“However, the restoration level for our three distribution utilities is still quite low,” Marasigan said.

Bohol 1 and 2 Electric Cooperatives (BOHECO I and II) and Bohol Light Company, Inc. (BLCI) have restoration levels of less than 5%, according to him.

The damage cost of “Odette” in three DUs in Bohol was estimated to be over PHP908 million.

Reynaldo Abadilla, head of systems operations at the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), claimed Bohol has the lowest actual power loading of all the Visayas islands, at only 5.4 to 9 megawatts (MW).

Panay and Samar each have a 100% load of 299 MW and 61 MW, respectively; Leyte has a load of 156 MW (86%); Negros has a load of 268 MW (81%), and Cebu has a load of 452 MW (50 percent).

“We’re working to coordinate the islanding operation in Bohol, and some houses have already been provided with electricity thanks to the NGCP’s recovered lines.” However, the long-term viability of our generation, as well as transmission, is totally dependent on demand. And there are instances when our operation is on-and-off because demand is so low that it could cause greater harm to our generating, forcing them to shut down,” Marisagan explained.

The low demand for energy in Bohol could be owing to broken electric posts and lines that have yet to be repaired, or to houses still recovering from the typhoon’s impact, according to DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella.

He added that the agency, the Office of Civil Defense, and the Department of Tourism had also donated generator sets to power essential institutions and establishments in the province.

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