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NEECO 1 restores power at 74%,
Logs over P23M worth of damage due to ‘Karding’
SAN ISIDRO, Nueva Ecija – More than 74 percent of the total 96,000 electric consumer connections affected by the recent Typhoon Karding have been restored so far by the Nueva Ecija 1 Electric Cooperative Inc. (NEECO 1) as of October 12 based on a report.
NEECO 1 General Manager Von Richard R. Labios told the Journal Group that the said 74.54% restoration rate was attained following the launching of the “Electric Cooperative Task Force Kapatid-Karding 2022”, wherein some 13 other electric co-ops in Luzon joined forces with NEECO 1 in the re-energization efforts of four towns and one city serviced by the power utility firm.
Estimated total damages to NEECO 1 reached P23,0991,991.91, affecting a total of 96 barangays covering Gapan City (P17 million), and the towns of San Isidro (P2.9 million), Jaen (P2 million), Cabiao (P723,226), and San Antonio (P331,573).
At least 46 distribution transformers, 202 distribution poles, and 1,207 electric meters of NEECO 1 were also damaged during Karding’s onslaught, said Labios.
The NEECO 1 top official also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the 100-man contingent of some 13 electric co-ops assisting them in the still ongoing restoration efforts.
He identified these co-ops as Pampanga Rural Electric Service Coop, Pampanga 1, Pampanga 2 and Pampanga 3 Electric Coop, Peninsula Electric Coop (Bataan), Zambales 1 and 2 Electric Coop, Angeles Electric Coop, Tarlac Electric Coop, San Jose Electric Coop, NEECO 2-Area 1, NEECO 2-Area 2, and the Ilocos Norte Electric Coop (INEC).
Labios said members of the ten-man team from INEC were bestowed “Kawal ng Pailaw, Katuwang ng Koopertiba” citations for their dedication to their work and for their help to NEECO 1 during their departure here on Wednesday.
“Baunin ninyo sa inyong pag-uwi ang aming walang hanggang pasasalamat, taimtim na panalangin para sa inyong kaligtasan, ng inyong mga mahal sa buhay, at ng inyong kooperatiba” Labios told the INEC team.
The INEC members were Jayzon Rae A. Niño, Rosellier G. Agustin, Jun S. Segundo, Christian Jay L. Antiporda, Kristelone A. Najorda, John Rey M. Balguna, Ronald Vince T. Bueno, Carlo C. Raquion, Armando C. Calumpit, and Erick Anthony A. Nalla.
Labios expects full re-energization of their distribution lines by October 31.