They’re not called “warriors of light” for nothing.
This, after 66 linemen in Western Visayas were deployed to Mindoro provinces badly hit by Typhoon Quinta and Rolly to help rehabilitate power service there.
The “warriors of light” of Electric Cooperatives Association of Region VI (ECAR VI) Task Force Duterte Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (TFD-PRRD) will assist Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (ORMECO) and Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (OMECO).
This is not the first time for electric cooperatives to help restore power quickly and safely in provinces badly hit by typhoons.
Early this year, linemen and support personnel of Task Force Kapatid from different ECs from Mindanao and Visayas assisted in the power line restoration and reconstruction works in the provinces of Aklan, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, and northern Antique due to Typhoon Ursula.
The task force also helped in the repair, rehabilitation, and comprehensive assessment of damage to power utilities in Northern and Eastern Samar provinces last May following the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo.
A week ago, Typhoon Quinta severely damaged the facilities of electric cooperatives in Mindoro provinces, based on the monitoring by the National Electric Administration (NEA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department.
Aside from Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO), the line workers team coming from Capiz, Iloilo, Central Negros, Northern Negros, Guimaras, Antique, Ileco II, Ileco III, and Negros Occidental electric cooperatives were also mobilized for the immediate restoration of power lines in Mindoro.
For his part, Atty. Dan Pondevilla, general manager of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO), said that the efforts of the electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental is their answer to the call of the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association to assist ORMECO and OMECO in the restoration of power in the province.
He disclosed NONECO will send five of its personnel, a boom truck, and a pickup truck as part of the team from Negros that will stay in the two island provinces for two weeks.
Bacolod City-based Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) and the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) will also send augmentation teams to the typhoon-ravaged areas. CENECO will send an 8-man team with trucks and equipment while NOCECO will send seven personnel.
The teams from NONECO, CENECO, and NOCECO are part of the 10 teams from 10 cooperatives in Region 6 (Western Visayas).
In Aklan, the send-off ceremony ahead of the deployment for the five AKELCO personnel on November 4 was spearheaded by AKELCO general manager Engr. Alexis Regalado and area managers from the AKELCO main office in Lezo, Aklan./(Boy Ryan Zabal-INews Aklan Bureau with Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod Bureau)