Service providers assure immediate post-typhoon repair

December 6, 2014 4:19 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 5 — Power, water, and communication service providers in Leyte vowed to immediately address hurdles should typhoon Ruby’s winds destroy their facilities.

Leyte II Electric Cooperative (Leyeco II) said there will be no power shutdown for as long as lines are not damaged, said Macel Avestruz, Leyeco II general manager.

Dismissing rumors spread over social media and text messages that electricity will be cut-off this afternoon, Avestruz said power lines will continue operating even during the onslaught of the typhoon.

Power interruption will only happen if electric posts will be toppled down.

The maintenance team of Leyeco II will restore damage electrical wiring once the typhoon is gone.

“Our concern is on the restoration of power supply as soon as possible, but we are not sure that we can do it if the lines from generation are damaged,” said Avestruz.

“We need to know if there are still temporary structures that was installed by the NGCP after typhoon Yolanda,” she added.

Personnel of Leyeco II and other electric cooperative in the region will also help in the clearing operation after the typhoon under their Operation Kapatid, as part of their preparation for the worst case scenario.

Water service provider Leyte Metropolitan Water District’s (LMWD) concern for this coming typhoon is the heavy siltation during heavy downpour, affecting the source.

The water district has only one functional back hoe for clearing debris in their water generation plant.

Another problem, which they would face after the typhoon is when water lines are damaged and they need to supply water in their coverage area. The utility has seven water tankers that they can use in delivering potable water supply.

To address this problem, LMWD will coordinate with fire departments and international non-government organizations relief operation partner on post Yolanda response.

Communication providers Globe Telecom expect that their communication lines in Catarman, Northern Samar; Catbalogan City, Tacloban City, Sogod and Maasin in Southern Leyte would be down once typhoon Ruby made landfall in the region.

Dominic Pacanan, a representative from Globe said that restoring communication lines will last for one week to two months or it will depend on the extent of damage on their facility as experienced after super typhoon Yolanda.

SMART and PLDT representative informed local government officials that they have personnel ready to check damages on their communication lines and will ensure that all vital installations will be prioritized for restoration. (PNA)

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