NGCP begins restoration work in areas affected by Typhoon Odette

NGCP continues aerial and ground patrols in all affected areas as restoration efforts continue in areas already accessible. Photo: NGCP/PR

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has continued aerial inspections and foot patrols of all areas impacted by Typhoon Odette, with restoration activities now underway in areas that are already accessible.

On December 17, Capiz, Camiguin, and Misamis Oriental provinces received full restoration of transmission services, while Zamboanga del Sur received full restoration on December 16.

Transmission facilities serving the entire Samar, Leyte, and Negros islands, as well as Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, Antique, the entire Surigao and Agusan provinces, the Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental, are currently undergoing restoration.

To expedite restoration work, a total of 65 line gangs or over 500 personnel comprised of engineers and linemen, as well as two helicopters, were deployed.

NGCP discovered 134 toppled poles in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Agusan del Sur, based on its completed assessment in Mindanao. Line inspection continues in the Visayas, with four toppled towers, two toppled poles, and one leaning pole reported initially.

Aerial inspections were halted yesterday, December 17, when aviation authorities ordered NGCP choppers to return to base due to unsafe weather conditions. Today's improved weather conditions allowed NGCP to conduct aerial inspections and provide a comprehensive picture of the nature and extent of the damage.

Once the assessment is complete, an official restoration schedule will be posted. (NGCP/PRESS RELEASE)
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