Mindanao electric co-ops to help fix power lines in Leyte, Samar

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – As they did last year after super typhoon Pablo, the 33-member Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) is deploying linemen and equipment to help fast-track the restoration of power lines in Leyte and Samar which were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda on November 8.

Engr. Sergio C. Dagooc, general manager of Dinagat Islands Electric Cooperative Inc., and Siargao Electric Cooperative and concurrent President of AMRECO, said Mindanao’s 33 electric cooperatives have formed AMRECO Task Force Kapatid  which will leave Lipata Port here for Leyte and Samar on Friday.

He said they were a bit delayed as they also had to attend to the needs of Yolanda-affected areas in Mindanao – in  Dinagat Islands province, Siargao and Bucas Grande in Surigao del Norte.

But Dagooc added that while they were working to restore power in the three islands, he was also busy communicating with AMRECO members to help Leyte and Samar.

Last year, AMRECO members from near and far were seen fixing power lines in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur, after super typhoon Pablo toppled  down power lines when it made landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental on December 4, 2012. (Roel Catoto / MindaNews)