49 villages in Tacloban City now with electricity

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Electricity is now available in 49 of Tacloban City’s 138 villages, according to the city government’s task force normalization.

This was reported by Leyte II Electric Cooperative (Leyeco II) officer-in-charge Ma. Rosario Avestruz during the recent business forum initiated by the city government, according to task force representative Gerald Paragas in Monday’s coordination meeting here at the Leyte Sports Academy.

However, only .44 percent of the households in the city have been energized, he stated.

The National Grid Commission of the Philippines (NGCP) informed that all its transmission lines have been fully operational as of December 6 with the restoration of the Palo to Tacloban 69-kilovolt (kV) line evening of December 5.

Leyeco that covers municipalities of Babatngon and Palo and Tacloban City is now prioritizing vital installations, government offices and business establishments in its reconnection efforts.

Meantime, last week, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) also passed an ordinance waiving the fees for all electrical permits relative to the reconnection of lines with Leyeco II.

Prior the reconnection, though, households must be inspected and certified by electricians.

Paragas also reported that 16 banks, seven drug stores, five bakeshops, six radio stations, 14 gasoline stations, 15 restaurants, 29 hardware stores and 15 hotels are already operating.

All couriers and remittance centers based in this city are open. (PNA)