Energy Department Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella said the department is targeting to energize the province of Catanduanes by the second week of January, after Typhoon Nina wreaked havoc on the Bicol region.
"We plan to restore power in the whole of Catanduanes within two weeks," Fuentebella said during a press conference Wednesday.
The official said the department was also targeting to restore power in Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday.
He pointed out that 34 towers were toppled by the typhoon, while one linemen died due to his lack of proper gear for the repair activities.
Fuentebella said the department has been tasked to ensure the safety of the linemen.
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines earlier said it has deployed 500 linemen to restore electricity in the Bicol region. The provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon still do not have electricity.
Source: Philippines News Agency