Typhoon-hit Ilocos gets assistance from Meralco

Meralco linecrew are helping restore electricity service in Ilocos Norte following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Egay (international name: Doksuri). Meralco is continuously coordinating with the local government and is ready to provide additional assistance if needed.

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has extended help to Ilocos Norte to hasten power restoration activities and aid the families severely affected by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Egay (international name: Doksuri) in the province.

The company promptly coordinated with the local government unit of Ilocos Norte and local power distributor Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC). Meralco also deployed 32 engineers and linecrew to help in power restoration and conduct clearing operations.  

The Meralco contingent, who arrived on July 30, brought with them an essential fleet of vehicles to expedite the power restoration process in the province. These include four (4) pickup trucks, which will be used to survey and assess damage; four (4) basket trucks for the installation of power lines; and one (1) stake truck and two (2) cranes for the erection of new poles.

The team is also equipped with six (6) generator sets and 12 LED flood lights that will enable them to carry out restoration works safely and seamlessly even during nighttime. 

Meralco is continuously coordinating with the local government and other electric cooperatives. There is a 22-man contingent on standby, two (2) basket trucks and three (3) stake trucks ready to be deployed should additional help be deemed necessary. 

Beyond aiding in power restoration, the company’s social development arm, One Meralco Foundation (OMF), along with the MVP Group of Companies, also mobilized a relief operation to cater to the immediate needs of and provide necessary relief to the affected and displaced residents in the devastated areas. 

The Group has so far donated 1,150 relief packs, water filtration devices, hundreds of 6-liter bottles of clean water, 550 health kits, and a mWell OnTheGo package, which OMF brought to Ilocos Norte on July 29.

OMF is currently onsite and closely working with the local government unit representatives to ensure efficient distribution of the donations.

“We continue to provide support, especially in areas badly hit by Super Typhoon Egay. Hopefully, in our small way, we can help affected communities recover and rebuild, providing them the resources they need to cope in this difficult time,” Meralco Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications Joe R. Zaldarriaga said.

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