The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), through its social development arm One Meralco Foundation (OMF), deployed a 45-strong contingent of engineers, linemen and support personnel to Albay to help expedite the restoration of electricity service in the franchise area of the Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) after Typhoon Tisoy (International Name: Kammuri) toppled electric poles and transmission lines in the province last week.
On their first day on site, Meralco’s power restoration team replaced and corrected 41 electric poles and reconnected six primary spans. They are currently restoring a primary distribution line in the municipality of Camalig.
Albay was among the first provinces to be hit by the typhoon which had winds of up to 175 km/h and gustiness of up to 240 km/h when it first hit land along the eastern seaboard of Luzon and northeastern Visayas.
Apart from distribution facilities, vital transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines were also affected leaving a large part of Albay without power.
Immediately after the typhoon, OMF also provided relief packs to typhoon victims in San Francisco, Quezon; Naujan, Oriental Mindoro and in several municipalities in Isabela in partnership with local government units and TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation.