Super typhoon 'Lando'
(Koppu) downs power supply in North, South Luzon provinces
By Juzel L.
MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) -- Typhoon 'Lando' has incurred power outages in
ten provinces located in North and South Luzon, the country's grid-operator
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.
In a statement Sunday, NGCP reported the provinces that had power
interruptions due to typhoon "Lando" are: La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora,
Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Tarlac, Quezon and Batangas.
For La Union, the areas that lost electricity are Naguilian, Burgos, Bagulin
and parts of Bauang and San Fernando City. It covers the franchise of La
Union Electric Cooperatives Inc. (LUELCO).
For Pangasinan, the damage was severe as three electric cooperatives (ECs)
lost power, namely, Pangasinan Electric Cooperatives Inc. 1 (PANELCO 1),
Pangasinan Electric Cooperatives Inc. 3 (PANELCO 3) and Central Pangasinan
Electric Cooperatives Inc. (CENPELCO).
The franchise area of the ECs are: part of Urdaneta City, part of Asingan,
Villasis, Rosales, Balungao, Sto. Tomas, Sta. Maria, Tayug, San Nicolas,
Natividad, Umingan, San Quintin, Alcaia, Bautista, Bayambang, Basista, part
of Malasiqui, Bugallon, Lingayen, Binmaley, San Carlos City, Malasigui,
Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Aguilar, part of Batista (Pangasinan), Labrador,
Sual, part of Lingayen, Alaminos and Mabini.
For Cagayan, the sole EC that was affected is Cagayan Electric Cooperatives
Inc. 2 (CAGELCO 2), which covers Magapit, Sta. Teresita, Gonzaga, Sta. Ana
Isabela, on the other hand, had two ECs hit by the typhoon. The cooperatives
are Isabela Electric Cooperatives 1 (ISELCO I) and ISELCO 2, which powers
the towns of Reina Mercedes, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, San Mariano, Ilagan,
Gamu, parts of Cauayan and Burgos.
In Nueva Ecija, the damage was also severe as many areas were also hit,
namely Gen. Tinio, Penaranda, San Leonardo, Sta. Rosa, Fort Magsaysay,
Natividad, Llanera, Palayan, Bongabon, Gabaldon, Laur, Rizal, Talavera, San
Isidro, San Roque, Sapang Jaen and Gapan.
The ECs covering the areas are Nueva Ecija Electric Cooperatives 1 (NEECO
1), NEECO 2-A1, NEECO 2-A2, GIPACS and ECOSIP.
For Aurora, the areas that lost power due to the typhoon's impact are
Dingalan, Dipaculao, Ma. Aurora, San Luis and Baler.
In Zambales, the power outaged areas Consort Land Inc., Subic, and
For Tarlac, the affected areas are: Paniqui, Camiling, San Jose, Gerona,
Sta. Ignacia, Moncada and Victoria. It is covered by the Tarlac Electric
Cooperatives Inc. 1 (TARELCO 1).
Quezon was also badly hit by the typhoon, bringing brownouts to more than 13
areas, which are Real, Infanta, Gen. Nakar, Famy, Pakil, Hondagua, Calauag,
Alabat Is., Phil. Flour Mills, Tagkawayan, Del Gallego, Guinayangan and Sta.
Elena. The ECs involved are Quezon Electric Cooperatives 1 (QUEZELCO 1),
QUEZELCO 2 and FLECO.
In Batangas, businesses were mostly affected: AG&P, BHPI, KEPPEL, Coastal
Bay, Batelec 2, BBTI, EEI and BMEG.
NGCP stressed the power outage was either caused by its transmission
facilities or the distribution facilities of the ECs.
The grid operator stressed it has available materials to repair the damages
to its transmission facilities and its line crews are placed in strategic
positions to facilitate immediate restoration work. (PNA)