Albay Power and Energy Corporation (Apec) with the help of electric companies in other provinces, will bring back power to most of the region before the end of the year.
Eastern Samar and Leyte sent nearly 100 linemen and 23 vehicles to clear away fallen electric pole in districts 1 and 2 of Albay while 10 teams of linemen from Cagayan Valley and the Cordilleras were sent to Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, with both areas sustaining damage.
The capital city of Legazpi is expected to have electricity again in two weeks, while power lines of hospitals, evacuation facilities and those of government agencies dealing with life-saving efforts will be prioritized.
From the Federation of Rural Electric Cooperatives in Eastern Visayas, 13 companies have pledged to give assistance in the undertaking. Apec has estimated that they would need P174.6 million to replace 4,279 utility poles, 138 distribution transformers and repair substations.
Isabela Electric Cooperative II general manager David Solomon Siquian clarified that these reinforcements were part of the Task Force: Tulong Kapatid project of the Philippine Rural Electic Cooperatives Association, Inc.