Iloilo City power utility helps restore electricity in Negros

Published December 22, 2021, 9:04 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — A team from a power utility of Iloilo City is currently in Negros Occidental province to help restore electricity in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette.

MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has a 24-man team helping out Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) .

A line maintenance team composed of MORE Power’s linemen, boom truck operators and line foremen are going to help repair and restore toppled electrical poles of NOCECO.

“It is indeed the season for helping and spreading the love of Christ and MORE Power is glad and very much honored to be a part of this worthy endeavor since,” said MORE Power in a statement.

The team of MORE Power’s first job is restoration of the 13.2 kilovolts (13.2 kV) line located in the town of Ilog. The team will stay there for much of the holiday season.

MORE Power heeded the call initiated by the Department of Energy (DOE) for Task Force Kapatid, which is also facilitated by its National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the
Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives (PHILRECA).

MORE Power is able to send a team as it has quickly restored electricity in most parts of Iloilo City within a 24-hour period after Odette hit last December 17.

At least 123 poles, electricity lines and laterals of MORE Power were damaged by Odette.

MORE Power President Roel Castro said that prepositioning of logistics and materials needed in the recovery and restoration efforts also contributed to the smooth flow of their operations.