FICELCO targets 87% in power restoration by end of February

With only three Task Force Kapatid teams still on the island, the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) expects its power restoration effprt to reach 87.28 percent of active household connections by the end of February.

This was reported last week by FICELCO General Manager Raul V. Zafe, with the estimated cost of rthe damage wrought by super typhoon Rolly on its distribution lines and other grid assets now at P217,535,770.84.

According to the report, the percentage of households restored to the grid has reached 84.49 percent as of Feb. 12, 2021.

The 34,246 households already enjoying electricity do not include the 15,124 households which were totally damaged and cannot be re-energized.

By the numbers, the restoration job is as follows: Bagamanoc, 15 of 18 barangays (83.33%); Baras, 14 of 29 barangays (48.28%); Bato, 20 of 27 barangays (74.07%); Caramoran, 27 of 27 barangays (100%); Gigmoto, 3 of 9 barangays (33.33%); Pandan, 26 of 26 barangays (100%); Panganiban, 19 of 23 barangays (82.61%); San Andres, 25 of 38 barangays (65.79%); San Miguel, 8 of 24 barangays (33.33%); Viga, 26 of 31 barangays (83.87%); and, Virac, 60 of 63 barangays (95.24%).

Last week, only three teams from the Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD) Task Force Kapatid were still working on the island grid.

These are the Camarines Sur Electric Cooperative 1 (CASURECO 1) and Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO) first batch, with both working on the restoration of the three-phase line from Moning to Batolinao in Baras; and,  CANORECO second batch which is assigned to the reconnection of service drop wires in San Andres town.

FICELCO restoration crews make up the majority of the teams scattered across the island while a contractor of the National Power Corporation, GEMCO, offered free services to the cooperative by restoring the three-phase line from Bagumbayan to Buenavista in Bato town.

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