NEA holds public consultation for draft IRR on EC emergency fund law
State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) recently held a public consultation on the draft of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11039, also known as the "Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act."
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong gathered the general managers, directors and lawyers of different electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide to discuss the salient provisions of RA 11039 and seek their views and comments on the draft IRR that will pave the way for the full implementation of the law.
The consultation was held at the NEA H.E.S Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City on Wednesday, October 24.
NEA Department Manager for Management and Consultancy Services Atty. Vic Alvaro, who is also the chairman of the committee tasked to craft the IRR, said they also consulted with the Department of Energy, particularly with the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau, for their inputs on October 17 after a series of meetings.
“After consolidating all the inputs from the different stakeholders, the NEA is confident that it can come out with the IRR of the ECERF Law by November of this year in compliance with Section 15 of RA 11039,” Atty. Alvaro said.
Passed into law on June 29, RA 11039 provides an orderly and continuing means of financial assistance to electric cooperatives in the form of grants for disaster mitigation, preparedness and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure after a fortuitous event or force majeure.
Under the law, the NEA will manage and administer the ECERF, which will have an initial amount of P750 million to be taken from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Fund and will be released to the NEA Quick Response Fund for proper release to qualified ECs.
In case of fund deficiency, the NEA may seek the allocation of a supplementary budget, subject to the approval of the President.
The NEA may also accept donations in the form of funds, materials and equipment intended for the restoration and rehabilitation of the ECs' damaged infrastructure, subject to existing auditing rules and regulations and shall be exempt from taxes and duties.
In turn, the ECs shall implement the rural electrification program nationwide as well as ensure the preparedness and mitigation measures to protect the infrastructure from the adverse impact of any fortuitous event or force majeure.
Based on the law, the ECs shall also ascertain the ability of their manpower to undertake emergency response for the immediate restoration or rehabilitation of their damaged infrastructure after a calamity.
The ECs are required to submit to the NEA their respective comprehensive and integrated disaster management programs, such as Vulnerability and Risk Assessments, Resiliency Compliance Plans, and Emergency Response Plans every year.
The legal summit and public consultation on the draft IRR of the ECERF Law organized by the NEA on October 24 was attended by 105 participants, composed of general managers, directors and legal officers from 63 ECs across the country. ###
NEA, Toshiba sign MoU on hydrogen energy system development
State-run National Electrification Administration signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese firm Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corp. to collaborate on the development of the first self-sufficient hydrogen energy system in the country.
The document was signed on October 15 in a simple ceremony held at the NEA headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City. Signatories to the memorandum were NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong and Toshiba’s Corporate Senior Vice President Fumio Otani.
Under the MoU, the NEA and Toshiba agreed to jointly explore the opportunity to construct H2One, an autonomous energy supply system that uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen and generate electricity, in one of the off-grid areas in the country.
The project includes grant funding from the Japanese government to conduct a feasibility study for the potential installation of the system in selected off-grid areas not connected to the main power grid covered by the electric cooperatives (ECs).
Administrator Masongsong welcomed the signing of MoU between the NEA and Toshiba.
"As the country grapples with the realities of rogue weather and climate change, and with clean energy offering a viable alternative to the long-depended upon fossil fuels in power generation, the advent of these technologies in energy development poses a potent regulation-compliant source of electricity for electric cooperatives and their member-consumer-owners," he said.
"Piloting this technology here in the Philippines, in electric cooperative areas in the countryside, is a welcome development. I hope this pushes through in a larger scale here as ECs increasingly shift their energy mix from traditional energy sources to more sustainable modes of generation to supply their electricity-for-distribution requirements," the NEA chief added.
Engr. Ernesto Silvano, Jr., acting department manager of the NEA Office of Renewable Energy and Development, said beneficiaries for the feasibility study will be chosen from a shortlist of off-grid areas or those belonging to the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG).
"The project's main objective is to help in the power supply, increase the power supply in isolated areas, and serve the unenergized areas. This will help the ECs have their own renewable energy power source and not be dependent on fossil fuel anymore," the NEA official said.
Based on the NEA data, there are 1,702 off-grid areas that are still without any access to electricity. These are located mainly in Mindanao with 1,003, followed by Visayas with 557, and Luzon with 142 off-grid areas.
Engr. Silvano said some off-grid areas in the country are currently powered by diesel generator sets. He added that Toshiba’s hydrogen-based energy system will help bring down electricity rates in an off-grid area.
Present to witness the MoU signing were NEA Deputy Administrator for Technical Services Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola and Engr. Silvano. Also present were Toshiba Philippines President Tomoo Kobayashi, and Sales and Marketing Manager Ko Yamamoto. ###
NEA grants P1.8B loans to ECs; hits full-year target ahead of schedule
State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) has achieved its full-year loan availment target of P1.7 billion by the electric cooperatives (ECs) three months ahead of schedule.
Latest data from the NEA Accounts Management and Guarantee Department (AMGD) show P1.8 billion worth of loans, including calamity loans, has been extended to 57 ECs as of end-September.
The agency released a total of P1.049 billion to 45 ECs to finance capital expenditure projects and P99 million to six other ECs for the repair and rehabilitation of damaged distribution facilities due to previous typhoons Lawin, Urduja and Vinta, and other calamities.
The ECs that availed calamity loans include Isabela II Electric Cooperative (Iselco II), Biliran Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Bileco), Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Laneco), First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Fibeco), Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lasureco), and Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Surneco).
“In times of calamities, the NEA provides on time calamity loan as financial assistance to the ECs in order to repair damaged distribution system and restore immediately power supply to their member-consumer-owners (MCOs),” said Atty. Vicar Loureen G. Lofranco, Acting Deputy Administrator of the NEA Corporate Resources and Financial Services (CRFS).
Meanwhile, the Quezon I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Quezelco I) borrowed P20 million to finance its monthly shortfall on the settlement of power accounts with generation companies and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
The Zamboanga Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco), on the other hand, availed of the stand-by credit loan facility for power accounts to strengthen its creditworthiness with generation companies and market operator amounting to P145 million.
In addition, the NEA awarded P134-million in loans to four ECs for the procurement of modular generator sets. These are the Misamis Oriental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P38.762 million), Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P43.516 million), Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P32.901 million), and Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P18.771 million).
Nine other ECs secured working capital loans totaling P374 million. These are the Abra Electric Cooperative (P18.456 million), Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P58.462 million), Marinduque Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P66.795 million), Sorsogon I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P28.613 million), Aklan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P65 million), Camotes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P7.387 million), Negros Oriental I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P20 million), Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (P79 million), and Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Area 2 (P30 million).
Loan availment by the ECs is included in the fast-track lane being implemented by the NEA. The processing time is 24 working days for regular loans, 13 days for short-term loans and seven days for calamity loans.
A calamity loan offered by the NEA has a 10-year repayment term with a maximum grace period of one year and interest rate of 3.25 percent per annum.
The NEA has been offering a number of loan programs to the ECS to help them provide continuous and better delivery of service to their MCOs. ###
Power co-ops urged to double efforts in energizing rural, remote areas
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has urged the electric cooperatives (ECs) to increase their efforts in reaching the country's remote and rural areas that have not been energized yet.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong made the call at a recent gathering of general managers of different ECs to discuss the progress of the government's total electrification program.
As of end-August this year, Masongsong said the overall level of consumer connections within the 121 ECs' coverage areas nationwide has reached 12,540,639 or 83 percent.
The NEA chief, however, said the ECs need to do more to electrify the areas that remain unlit. He noted that of the 121 ECs supervised by the agency, 53 ECs fall below 90 percent energization level.
"So it's a challenge. What can we, as a movement of electric cooperatives, do to help our sister electric cooperatives to fast-track energization?" Masongsong said. "We need to help each other."
Moreover, Masongsong outlined a number of strategies that the ECs may consider to speed up the electrification of areas within their respective coverage areas that are still without power, aside from maximizing the government subsidy.
These include accessing the Energy Regulation No. 1-94 program, availing grants and donations, using EC's internally generated funds, through qualified third party (QTP), private sector participation (PSP), and additional capital expenditure.
For 2019, the agency will get P1.163 billion from the national government to finance the sitio electrification program. The amount is lower than the P1.817 billion allotted in 2018 and will only cover 775 sitios compared to 1,817 sitios of the current year.
The NEA gathered the general managers of ECs for a dialogue last October 4. Other issues raised during the dialogue included the proposed legislative measures posing challenges to the rural electrification sector.
Masongsong said the ECs should take these as a challenge. "These should be considered as another wake-up call that should be addressed positively by all of us," the NEA chief said.
EC organizations present include the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc., National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives, and the Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association. ###
ECs restore power to 98 percent of households hit by Typhoon Ompong
State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) said about 98.11 percent of households in several provinces in Luzon that lost electric service due to Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) last month had their power back.
Restoration efforts continue in some areas more than three weeks after Ompong, considered the strongest typhoon to hit the country so far this year, wreaked havoc and knocked out power to an estimated 2.363 million households in 19 provinces.
As of Tuesday (October 9), the NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (DRRM) reported power had already been restored to 2,318,856 households affected by the typhoon, leaving only 44,648 households still without electricity.
The remaining unenergized households are located within the franchise areas of the Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I), Cagelco II, Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco), Kalinga-Apayao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Kaelco), and Ifugao Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Ifelco).
Meanwhile, the estimated cost of damage to the distribution facilities of 22 ECs has reached P292.075 million. Cagelco I suffered the most damage estimated at P77.703 million, followed by Cagelco II at P75.677 and Beneco at P39.152 million.
Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) sustained P28 million in damage; Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC), P15.500 million; Kaelco, P12.177 million; Isabela II Electric Cooperative (Iselco II), P12 million; Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (Nuvelco), P6.059 million; and Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Iseco), P5.752 million.
Damage to Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (Panelco I) was pegged at P5 million; La Union Electric Cooperative (Luelco), P4.004 million; Mountain Province Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Mopreco), P3.500 million; Ifelco, P3.175 million; Iselco I, P1.502 million; and Batanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Batanelco), P1 million.
Cagelco I and II reported that electricity has been restored to around 87.04 percent and 83.52 percent, respectively, of households within their coverage areas.
Cagelco II OIC-General Manager Blandina Madamba said it would take up to end of October to complete their restoration in all households. For Cagelco I, it will take longer to fully restore all households as General Manager Tito Lingan set a target of November 30. ###
NEA to speed up drafting of IRR for EC emergency fund law
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has committed to fast-track the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the recently passed electric cooperatives (EC) emergency fund law.
Republic Act 11039, also known as the "Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act," was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 29. The law provides the ECs access to financial assistance during natural calamities for the immediate rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure.
Under the law, the NEA will manage and administer the ECERF. The agency is also tasked in formulating the IRR of the law, in consultation with relevant government agencies within six months from its effectivity.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the committee tasked to craft the IRR already has a working draft and will undergo consultation with the Department of Energy (DOE) and other concerned government agencies.
"We already have the draft. We will refer the IRR to the DOE for final comment before we submit (the document) for finalization," Masongsong informed the Senate Committee on Finance during the hearing on the proposed budget of the NEA and other attached agencies of the DOE on Thursday, October 4.
The NEA chief made the statement after Senate Committee on Energy chairman Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who presided over the budget hearing on Thursday, asked the state-run agency on the current status of the law.
Gatchalian said the IRR will pave the way for the full implementation of the ECERF, which will have an initial amount of P750 million to be drawn from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) funds.
"Kung meron na tayong IRR sana na-activate na 'yung 750 (million pesos) because the intention really is to activate that. At least we don't have any legal impediment when we have that IRR ready," the senator said.
Deputy Administrator for Technical Services Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola said the committee composed of key officials of the NEA has scheduled a series of meetings this month to discuss the "finer details" of the IRR.
Tortola said the agency "will fast-track the formulation of the IRR" in time for the Senate plenary deliberation on the agency's proposed 2019 budget scheduled on the third week of November.
Administrator Masongsong led the NEA in defending the agency's proposed budget for 2019 before Senate Committee on Finance on Thursday. After deliberation, the proposed budget of the NEA was approved at the Senate committee level as well as those of the other agencies attached to the DOE. ###
Power fully restored to 87 percent of households in Ompong-hit provinces
The work to get electricity back in several provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) is progressing well with power having been completely restored to 87 percent of households, based on the latest data gathered by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, the NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (DRRM) reported power was fully restored to 2,072,095 or 87.67 percent of the 2,363,504 affected households in 19 provinces covered by 22 electric cooperatives (ECs).
Restoration is ongoing to the remaining 291,409 households, spread over the provinces of Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Isabela, Ilocos Sur, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Mountain Province, Ifugao and Aurora.
Meanwhile, Ompong's estimated damage to the distribution facilities of the 22 ECs has climbed to P218.263 million as of Tuesday, September 25, with the highest amount sustained by the Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I) at P64.032 million followed by Cagelco II at P50.059 million.
The Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco) incurred an estimated damage of P21.842 million; Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco), P20 million; Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC), P15.500 million; and Isabela II Electric Cooperative (Iselco II), P12 million.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong expects the number of the remaining households without power to decrease significantly as several EC organizations have already teamed up to assist other ECs in northern Luzon in their restoration efforts.
“With the rest of Luzon electric cooperatives and allied organizations, including ECs from the Bicol Region, sending their line workers’ contingents to Cagayan, Kalinga and Isabela under the auspices of the Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD) Task Force Ompong and the supervision of the NEA Technical Services, we can hope for a fast-tracked restoration of electricity services in the affected areas,” Masongsong said.
“Let me remind the member-consumer-owners (MCOs) in the affected provinces that electricity is a dangerous thing to work with. With caution, we are moving forward as fast as we can to alleviate the suffering of our MCOs while ensuring the safety of the rural electrification movement’s unsung heroes – the linemen and other field workers. Sandali na lang po at dadaloy nang muli ang serbisyo ng kuryente sa inyong mga kabahayan," the NEA chief added.
The Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, the Philippine Federation of Electric Cooperatives, the Northeast Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association, the Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association, and the Bicol Electric Cooperatives Association formed Power Restoration Rapid Deployment Task Force Ompong to help fast-track the repair of the damaged distribution facilities in heavily affected provinces, such as Cagayan and Kalinga. ###
NEA: Power restoration in typhoon-hit areas continues; initial damage cost to EC distribution lines reaches P208M
More than 76 percent of the 2.3 million households in areas affected by Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) had their electricity restored as of Friday, said state-run National Electrification Administration (NEA).
Typhoon Ompong, considered the strongest to hit the country so far this year, had caused power outages in 19 provinces in Luzon, affecting 2,363,504 households within the coverage areas of 22 electric cooperatives (22 ECs).
As of 12 noon Friday, September 21, NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (DRRM) reported 1,800,024 households or 76.16 percent had their power restored while 563,480 remain without electricity.
Latest NEA report also showed majority of the areas with ongoing power restoration are located in the provinces of Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Abra, and Isabela.
Meanwhile, Ompong's estimated initial damage to the power distribution infrastructure has reached P208 million. The Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I) sustained the highest amount of damage with P60.7 million followed by Cagelco II with P50 million.
Damage to the facilities of the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) pegged at P20 million, Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco) at P19.2 million, Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC) at P15.5 million.
PRRD Task Force
The restoration of electricity in Cagayan, one of the provinces hardest hit by the typhoon, is expected to speed up following the NEA’s activation of the Power Restoration Rapid Deployment Task Force Ompong.
NEA Deputy Administrator for Technical Services, Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola reiterated the role of the agency in times of adverse weather occurrences similar to the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong on the assets of electricity distribution utilities in the provinces.
"All throughout the almost five decades of the agency's existence, the NEA extends oversight, supervision and assistance to electric cooperatives. We were found to be indispensable in raising fallen EC assets by lending our expertise and enabling ECs financially to hasten the rehabilitation of their facilities, in the restoration of their services and regularly sharpening their preparedness and disaster response capabilities," Tortola said.
The task force composed of lineworkers from 14 ECs in Central Luzon was dispatched Thursday, September 20, to Cagayan to help restore power as quickly and as safely as possible in areas covered by Cagelco I and II.
Based on NEA DRRM’s monitoring report, there are 90,773 homes to be energized under Cagelco I’s coverage area while 126,794 homes under Cagelco II’s coverage area as of Friday, September 21.
Reynaldo Villanueva, president of the Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association (CLECA), said more electric cooperatives from other regions will be joining the task force in the coming days.
Villanueva also said the move was in response to NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong’s call to assist fellow ECs in efforts to bring the lights back on in areas that are still without power.
The task force, equipped with utility vehicles and boom trucks, will assist Cagelco I and II for 30 days in repairing and rebuilding the power distribution infrastructure damaged by the typhoon.
They will be supervised by the NEA engineers headed by Engr. Gerardo G. Pomoy (Acting Manager of Emergency Restoration Plan Division) and Engr. Enrico G. Velgado (Acting Manager of Vulnerability Risk Assessment Division). ###
Central Luzon coops to help restore power in typhoon-hit areas - NEA
A task force composed of electric cooperatives (ECs) from Central Luzon is preparing to head north to help restore power in areas left in the dark due to Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut).
Dubbed "Power Restoration Rapid Deployment Task Force Ompong," the team will augment the manpower of the typhoon-affected ECs and provide the necessary assistance to restore the electricity service as safely and as quickly as possible.
The task force is composed of 14 members of the Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association (CLECA). Each cooperative is sending a crew of lineworkers, heavy equipment and vehicles to aid fellow ECs in its power restoration in the province of Cagayan, which was badly hit by the typhoon.
On Thursday, September 20, the Task Force members will gather at the office of the Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NEECO II) - Area I in Talavera, Nueva Ecija for a send-off ceremony before their deployment to Cagayan, where they will spend at least two weeks.
The task force will be supervised by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) engineers headed by Engr. Gerardo G. Pomoy (Acting Division Manager of Emergency Restoration Plan) and Engr. Enrico G. Velgado (Acting Division Manager of Vulnerability Risk Assessment) in its restoration efforts in Cagayan.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said this is not the first time ECs are extending help to fellow cooperatives in distress.
"This is nothing new to the electric cooperative movement. All through the almost five decades of rural electrification, ECs and their ‘warriors of light,’ the linemen, are on their toes to extend help and technical assistance to our comrades in need at any given time, when the situation calls for it," Masongsong said.
"As the NEA administrator, I cannot help but beam with pride when ECs come to the aid of each other. As they go forth and help raise the movement's fallen assets, I wish them well. Be safe. Good things come to those who go the extra mile for their brethren in need," the NEA chief added.
Latest report from the NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department showed power has already been restored to 152 municipalities in 19 provinces covered by 22 ECs. Power is partially restored in 101 municipalities while 79 towns remain in the dark.
As of Wednesday, the initial damages by Typhoon Ompong to 22 ECs was estimated at P159 million. The Cagayan I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco I) posted the highest amount of damage at P40.4 million, followed by Cagelco II with P25.4 million, Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) with P20 million, Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco) with P16.7 million, and Ilocos Norte Electric, Inc. (INEC) with P15.5 million.
The 14 CLECA members are Aurora Electric Cooperative, Inc., Nueva Ecija I Electric Cooperative, Inc., Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Area I, Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. Area II, Tarlac I Electric Cooperative, Inc., Tarlac II Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc., Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc., Pampanga III Electric Cooperative Inc., Pampanga Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Peninsula Electric Cooperative, Inc., San Jose Electric Cooperative, Inc., Zambales I Electric Cooperative, Inc., and Zambales II Electric Cooperative, Inc. ###
NEA: Initial damage cost to Ompong-stricken ECs up at P135M
The initial cost of damage to electric cooperatives (ECs) in Luzon due to Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) has climbed to P135 million, state-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported Tuesday.
As of 12 noon Tuesday, September 18, the initial amount of damage to the distribution facilities of ECs impacted by Ompong was at P135,700,569, according to the NEA Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department headed by Acting Director, Engr. Federico Villar.
NEA Deputy Administrator for Technical Services Engr. Artis Nikki Tortola said the amount is likely to increase as the ECs have yet to determine the full extent of the damage caused by Ompong to their respective distribution facilities.
"It will likely increase but we are hoping not that much since electric cooperatives are not complete strangers to this kind of weather scenario. We are confident that with the Build Back Better program and enough pre-typhoon measures, the impact of this calamity to EC facilities has been sufficiently mitigated," Tortola said.
Among the ECs heavily affected by the typhoon included the Cagayan II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Cagelco II) with an initial damage cost at P25 million, followed by Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) with P20 million, Cagelco I with P19.276 million, Ilocos Norte Electric, Inc. (INEC) with P15.500 million, and Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Beneco) with P15.394 million.
Tortola earlier said the restoration of electricity service to heavily affected areas will take between days to a month. He added the NEA will deploy the Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD) Task Force upon request of affected ECs to assist them with power restoration efforts.
"Upon final determination of the extent of the typhoon's damage to EC distribution facilities, this team will come in to help in order to meet the target," the deputy administrator said.
Of the 22 ECs affected by the typhoon, 8 ECs are now under normal operations. These are Pangasinan I and III Electric Cooperatives (Panelco I and III), Batanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Batanelco), Quirino Electric Cooperative (Quirelco), Nueva Ecija II Electric Cooperative (NEECO II) - Area I, Zambales I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zameco I), First Laguna Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Fleco), and Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Batelec II).
Restoration efforts are on-going in areas covered by Abreco, Beneco, Cagelco I and II, INEC, Isabela I and II Electric Cooperatives (Iselco I and II), Aurora Electric Cooperative (Aurelco), Ifugao Electric Cooperative (Ifelco), Kalinga Apayao Electric Cooperative (Kaelco), La Union Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Luelco), Mountain Province Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Mopreco), Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Iseco), and Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (Nuvelco).
In preparation for Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught, NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong had instructed all the ECs to activate their respective emergency restoration teams to minimize the impact of the typhoon. ###