By Artemio A. Dumlao
Bangued, Abra – Abra province is already out from the dark after the twin typhoons Luis and Mario that ravaged Northern Luzon.
Though suffering very costly damages of power lines at more than P26 million, the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) has fully restored electric in all 27 towns in the hinterland province, Abreco general manager Loreto Seares Jr. said, while thanking the solid support of the National Electrification Administration, Department of Energy, Abra rep. Ma. Jocelyn Bernos and the cooperative’s more than 30,000 consumers.
The whole province of Abra was declared in a state of calamity after typhoon Mario that devastated the province’s economy.
Abreco recorded at least 24 kilometers of power distribution lines damaged, 150 electric poles felled by the weather uproar, and other equipment like transformers, kilowatt hour meters, conductors insulators and line devices destroyed during the twin typhoons.
Though much has to be done as bigger challenges are ahead of the power cooperative, which is still undertaking internal financial rehabilitation, Seares Jr. said, they are “determined to hurdle all this by continuing to institute internal reforms they have started since last year, in the name of the consumers and the economy of the province.
While continuous power distribution line replacement, upgrade and upkeep are being done 24/7, Seares Jr. said, they are limited by financial resources of the cooperative like purchasing materials and equipment especially those on a cash-basis from suppliers.
But Abreco is exploring all remedies if only to fully restore power in all 303 barangays in the province, Seares Jr. said, while giving its best to meet is financial obligations with its power provider—Aboitiz, NGCP and PSALM.
The power cooperative’s determination to bring back power to our consumers after the twin typhoons inspired us to work harder, Seares Jr. said, vowing “this kind of service branding Abreco follows and vows to thread through thick and thin.” ***Artemio A. Dumlao***