By Myrna M. Velasco
The extent of damage to energy infrastructure facilities induced by typhoon “Ompong” had reached P208.730 million to-date, according to the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
As tabulated by the government-run electrification agency, the power utilities up north in Luzon that sustained mammoth devastation had been Cagayan Electric Cooperative-I (CAGELCO I) with P60.783 million worth of damaged facilities; and close second was CAGELCO-II with P50.059 million in infrastructure damage cost.
Other affected electric cooperatives include Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO) with P20 million worth of knocked down facilities; then Benguet Electric Cooperative for P19.229 million; Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative for P15.5 million; Isabela Electric Cooperatives I and II with aggregate P13.5 million; Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative for P6.059 million; Pangasinan Electric Cooperative I for P5.0 million; La Union Electric Cooperative for P4.0 million; Kalinga Apayao Electric Cooperative for P3.503 million; Ifugao Electric Cooperative for P3.175 million; and Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative for P3.022 million.
The rest of the affected electric cooperatives had been those in Mountain Province for damage worth P2.030 million; Batanes for P1.0 million; Quirino for P737,668.00; and Aurora for P132,865.08.
As noted by the NEA report, the government has yet to collate the damaged power structures for Pangasinan Electric Cooperative III; Nueva Ecija Electric Cooperative II (Area 1); Zambales Electric Cooperative, Laguna Electric Cooperative; and Batangas Electric Cooperative II.