By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Power cooperatives in Negros Occidental will send personnel to Mindoro, one of the hardest hit provinces of the recent Typhoon “Quinta” and Super Typhoon “Rolly,” in order to help restore their power supply.
Atty. Dan Pondevilla, general manager of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO), said the efforts of the electric cooperatives is their answer to the call of the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association to assist the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc.(ORMECO) and the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc., (OMECO) in the restoration of power in the province.
Pondevilla said NONECO will send five of its personnel, a boom truck and a pickup truck as part of the team from Negros that will stay in the province for two weeks.
The Bacolod City-based Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) and the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) will also send augmentation teams.
CENECO will send an eight-man team with trucks and equipment while NOCECO will send seven personnel.
Aside from the teams from NONECO, CENECO and NOCECO, seven other power cooperatives from Western Visayas will also send their respective teams to Mindoro.
They are part of Task Force Duterte-Power Restoration Rapid Deployment which will assist the distribution utilities affected by the typhoons in the restoration of electricity./DGB, WDJ