Cebu power is anticipated to be partially restored within a week.
Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, electricity stakeholders in Cebu promised to restore power within a week in some portions of the province, which is under a state of calamity.
On Saturday afternoon, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia met with representatives from the Visayan Electric Cooperative (VECO), the Cebu Electric Cooperative (CEBECO), and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
VECO president and chief operating officer Raul Lucero said the company is “working closely” with the NGCP, which is waiting for supplies from Leyte Island to power up some regions in Cebu via power distributors like VECO and CEBECO.
VECO, Cebu’s main power distributor, is the cleaning and analyzing its affected electrical poles, according to Lucero.
Among the hurdles in restoring power, the NGCP is still assessing the damage to its transmission towers.
Garcia also gave his approval for the purchase of 40,000 sacks of rice from the National Meal Authority for relief efforts, as well as food packs and water.
Contractors have donated their equipment to speed up clearance, and vehicles will bring relief supplies at Garcia’s request.
The Philippine Army and Philippine National Police also stepped in to help distribute aid by providing men and trucks.
Julius Neri Jr., general manager of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), declared during the same meeting that terminal operations will resume at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, but only for domestic flights.
On Tuesday, international flights will restart (December 21).
MCIA is prioritizing planes carrying relief supplies to Cebu, according to Neri.
Due to the damage to Terminal 1, it will temporarily use Terminal 2 for both local and international flights.
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