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Power, communication restoration in Ompong-hit Cagayan ongoing

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Officials and private companies said the efforts to restore power and communications in the province of Cagayan are now underway.

In a press briefing in Cagayan on Sunday, September 16, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said power providers and distributors are now assessing the damage in transmission and distribution lines.

Cusi said it is uncertain yet when the power will be restored as reports of distribution and transmission utilities are yet to be completed.

“[In] Cagayan, area and foot patrol survey are ongoing at the moment. Maybe mid afternoon, we will be able to determine when power will be restored in your province,” Cusi said.

He added that no power plant was damaged by the typhoon, so they are focused on the quick restoration of the power.

“Hindi lang po tayo makapag-energize ng maaga dahil concerned lang po tayo sa safety ng mga nagtratrabaho, ng ating sa ground, at mga mamamayan din po, baka dahil po sa naputol na linya,” he said.

(We could not energize early because we are concerned of the safety of our workers on the ground, and the communities as there might be broken power lines in their area.)

For Tuguegarao City, Mayor Jefferson Soriano said it may take 6 days to fully restore the power. Some areas, he said, will have theirs restored earlier.

National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) Chairman Gamaliel Cordoba said about 12% of telecommunications services have been restored in the province.

He said internet connection outages were a result of broken channels like poles and bridges.

Telco companies, according to Cordoba, said it will take them around 2-3 days to fully restore mobile and data connections in the province. Northernforum.net

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