No power supply yet in 2% of Cebeco households. (File photo)
TWO percent or 2,126 of the 105,452 homes served by the Cebu Electric Cooperative III (Cebeco 3) still had no power supply as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
Cebeco 3 aimed to complete its power restoration by Monday, February 14, and it was well on its way to achieving its goal.
Revitalization efforts in the electric utility’s franchise area in West Cebu and some mountain barangays in Cebu City have been ongoing for 59 days after Typhoon Odette (Rai), which damaged or destroyed infrastructure including utility poles and power lines when it hit Cebu on December 16, 2021.
Cebeco 3 said the remaining households waiting for power to be restored were located “very far away” and were “difficult to access” as they were in mountain villages.
Sunday at 3 p.m., Cebeco 3 had restored the power supply to 97.98%, or 103,326 homes.
The Cebeco 3 franchise includes the city of Toledo (38 barangays) and the municipalities of Pinamungajan (26), Aloguinsan (15), Balamban (28) and Asturias (27).
The electric cooperative also serves outside its franchise area 11 mountain barangays in Cebu City which are near Balamban.
Within the Cebeco 3 franchise, Balamban leads the pack with 99.58% or 23,254 out of 23,352 homes already having electricity.
Electricity supply has returned to 99.11% or 11,747 of the 11,853 households in Asturias.
The city is followed by Toledo City with a revitalization rate of 97.71% (44,667 out of 45,716 households); Pinamungajan, 96.14% (13,740 out of 14,291 households); and Aloguinsan, 95.32% (6,188 out of 6,492 households).
In the 11 barangays of Cebu City served by Cebeco 3, power restoration reached 99.52% after 3,730 out of 3,748 homes were restored.
Regarding power restoration efforts by Visayan Electric Company, the electricity distributor had restored power to 96.97% or 459,856 of its 474,182 affected customers as of noon on Monday, February 14, nearly two months after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.
Visayan Electric failed to meet its original goal of restoring power to its franchise area as of January 31.
Several factors have delayed the company’s restoration efforts, and one of them is “the extent of the damage” Typhoon Odette inflicted on its lines, poles and transformers, it said in a statement. press on February 4.
Visayan Electric has not set a new timetable for the completion of its revitalization efforts, but it has continued to restore power to its remaining customers who still do not have it.