The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has sent a team of line crews and equipment to assist repairing power infrastructures damaged by super typhoon Rolly and expedite the restoration in Catanduanes.
A 48-man contingent — Meralco linemen, engineers and One Meralco Foundation volunteers – had been enlisted to be part of the Power Restoration Rapid Deployment (PRRD)-Task Force 2020, which closely coordinates with the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration, Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Inc., and the Electric Cooperatives in Catanduanes.
After more than 25 hours of land and sea travel, Meralco’s contingent arrived at the provincial capital of Virac on November 8 and immediately began working around the clock to expedite the restoration of power services in affected areas, Meralco said in a statement.
Meralco added its contingent traveled to Catanduanes aboard 17 vehicles composed of Augers, AUVs/SUVs, Basket Trucks, Pick-Ups, and Stake Trucks to be used in the power restoration of the affected areas.
Before leaving Manila, the contingent also undertook RT-PCR test in compliance with health and safety protocols imposed by the Government and ensure the non-transmission of COVID-19.
The deployed team members were all certified to be healthy and fit to work.