THE DAMAGE to power distribution facilities affected by Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) has climbed to P327.91 million, with Bicol electric cooperatives (ECs) hit the most, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) said on Friday.
The First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative in Catanduanes suffered P133.06-million worth of damage, followed by Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative at P82.30 million and Camarines Sur IV Electric Cooperative, Inc. at P39.38 million.
The damage was initially estimated at some P30.5 million earlier this week.
The NEA also reported ECs have restored power to 54.73% or about 1.12 million customers in households in the Bicol region and portions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Eastern Visayas.
In a separate advisory on Friday afternoon, the Department of Energy (DoE) said areas hit by the typhoon have adequate supply of petroleum products, following earlier reports of disruptions in Catanduanes.
The DoE said Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has been in contact with downstream oil companies to ensure they are following the agency’s minimum inventory requirement of 15 days’ worth of petroleum product supply.
Daily monitoring reports submitted by downstream oil facilities based in Catanduanes showed that “all liquid fuel retail outlets in Virac are operational”, the DoE said. — Angelica Y. Yang