THE restoration of power in Eastern Samar and Leyte may be done partially during the Christmas holidays because of the support of the China National Grid Co., the technical partner of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Antonio Labios said his agency believes that power restoration is faster than expected because of the “bayanihan” system among power distributors and the help from foreign experts.

The China Embassy in Manila informed Sun.Star Cebu yesterday through email that China Grid has donated US$100,000 to the disaster area. It also contributes a lot in restoring the power system of the typhoon-hit areas.

“It is now sending technical expert teams to the Philippines, to join NGCP’s post-disaster rebuilding efforts and work out a faster restoration of the power grids in the disaster areas,” read the Chinese Embassy’s press statement.

Earlier, Sebastian Lacson, senior vice president and chief operations officer (COO) of the Visayan Electric Company (Veco), said the restoration of geothermal power plants in Leyte is very important because one-third of the 450 megawatts of power consumption in the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Grid comes from it.

Before typhoon Yolanda came, power from Leyte was brought to Cebu through the submarine cable with a capacity of 400 megawatts.

The Leyte power plants were heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.

Due to lack of power supply from Leyte, Veco and other power distribution utilities (Dus) in Cebu are implementing rotating brownouts.

Sebastian said power outages at the moment are only for a short time because other areas devastated by typhoon are not yet reenergized because their power lines were also damaged.

Sebastian said the lack of power will worsen if other areas will be reenergized.

Labios said power is back already in the poblacion areas of the municipalities in Northern Cebu but not in far-flung barangays.

"Once power in the remote areas will be restored, the power demand will increase," Labios said.

Meantime, on the total blackout in Region 8, the Chinese Embassy said its teams has been working around the clock to facilitate all the relief efforts. It joined the government’s efforts in donating P1.2 million worth of emergency supplies, includingradios, emergency lights and flashlights to Leyte and Samar directly.

"The diplomats in the (China) Embassy organized a donation for the Filipino staff who are from the typhoon-hit areas," read the China Embassy press statement.


Baquero, Elias O. (Thursday, November 28, 2013). Power may be back by Christmas. Sun.Star Cebu. Retrieved from



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