Beneco in­curs P30M dam­age

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

DA­M­AGES in­curred by the Benguet Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive due to Ty­phoon Om­pong have reached P30 mil­lion.

Beneco Net­work Ser­vices Depart­ment Man­ager En­gi­neer

Mel­chior Li­coben said the dam­age re­port in­curred by the elec­tric co­op­er­a­tive have been sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Depart­ment of En­ergy.

“Benguet Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive will ben­e­fit from any as­sis­tance com­ing from gov­ern­ment to re­duce the ex­penses of the co­op­er­a­tive in fully re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the dam­aged elec­tri­cal lines and fa­cil­i­ties to all its mem­ber con­sumers in Baguio City and Benguet Prov­ince,” Li­coben ex­plained.

Elec­tric co­op­er­a­tives heav­ily af­fected by the ty­phoon in­cluded the Cagayan II Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Inc. (Cagelco II) with an ini­tial dam­age cost at P25 mil­lion, fol­lowed by Abra Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (Abreco) with P20 mil­lion, Cagelco I with P19.276 mil­lion, Ilo­cos Norte Elec­tric, Inc. (INEC) with P15.500 mil­lion, and Benguet Elec­tric Core­moval op­er­a­tive, Inc. (Beneco) with P15.394 mil­lion.

NEA Deputy Ad­min­is­tra­tor for Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Engr. Ar­tis Nikki Tor­tola said the amount is likely to in­crease as the ECs have yet to de­ter­mine the full ex­tent of the dam­age caused by Om­pong to their re­spec­tive dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

"It will likely in­crease but we are hop­ing not that much since elec­tric co­op­er­a­tives are not com­plete strangers to this kind of weather sce­nario. We are con­fi­dent that with the Build Back Bet­ter pro­gram and enough pre-ty­phoon mea­sures, the im­pact of this calamity to EC fa­cil­i­ties has been suf­fi­ciently mit­i­gated," Tor­tola said.

Beneco is con­tin­u­ously con­duct­ing its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of dam­aged elec­tri­cal lines and fa­cil­i­ties which were af­fected by soil ero­sions, land­slides and bro­ken poles.

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