Top-caliber Leyte linemen dispatched to help in restoring power in Bicol

Published November 4, 2020, 10:22 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN City – Eight top-caliber linemen of the Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEYECO) III Task Force Kapatid -Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD) were sent to the Bicol Electric Cooperatives Region to aid in the swift restoration of power in the area, which was greatly devastated by the super typhoon Rolly. 

Eight top-caliber linemen of the Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEYECO) III Task Force Kapatid -Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD) were sent to the Bicol Electric Cooperatives Region to aid in the swift restoration of power in the area, which was greatly devastated by the super typhoon Rolly. (Photo courtesy of LEYECO III / MANILA BULLETIN)

The team, closely supervised by their General Manager Allan Laniba, had their tools and equipment, including personal hygiene kits and other essentials, for their 15-day deployment in Bicol. 

The team is being headed by construction section head Pegie Ortula, and will be bringing with them LEYECO III’s boom truck with auger, and a maintenance vehicle which is scheduled to board a ferry in Allen, Samar, Wednesday, November 4.

At least 10 fatalities were recorded in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes from the Category 5 super typhoon Rolly (international name Goni), which was the world’s strongest in the world this year.

Massive flooding and lahar flow from the Mayon Volcano in the municipalities of Guinobatan and Camalig in Albay were reported after the super typhoon brought heavy rains and whipped up catastrophic winds in Southern Luzon on Sunday, November 1.

“Rolly” tore up roofs, and toppled trees and electric posts after packing winds of up to 225 km per hour, and gusts of up to 310 kph.

It first made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes at 4:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, before it changed its course and made the second landfall in Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 a.m.

 
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