DOE expects Luzon power supply to normalize next week

Posted at 07/19/14 2:55 PM

MANILA - The Department of Energy (DOE) said it expects electricity supply in Luzon to normalize by next week.

Speaking to ANC's "Dateline Philippines" on Saturday, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said power is up in most parts of Metro Manila except in isolated areas.

They continue to undertake repairs, he said.

Power is 99 percent restored in Bulacan, while the backbone is completed in Laguna.

Petilla said the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) managed to energize Naga earlier than promised after fixing the backbone.

However, he said some areas will have to wait for repairs to be completed on damaged distribution lines.

The DOE chief noted efforts continue to restore power in Quezon before nightfall following problems due to floods from typhoon "Glenda."

Petilla also said they are working to determine problems at some power plants, adding they will meet on Monday to assess the status of the power grid and determine the need to schedule rotating brownouts. - ANC