The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is working double time to restore electricity service in parts of Manila and nearby provinces badly affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
In a briefing around noon today, Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco spokesperson and Head of Corporate Communications, said that around 1.9 million of its customers are currently without electricity.
Meralco said the affected areas include Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon Province, Caloocan, Quezon City, Marikina, Muntinlupa and Makati.
“Our line personnel have been dispatched and continue to assess the damage on our facilities. We are slowly restoring electricity service in these areas, particularly in areas with no impeding hazards like flooding,” said Zaldarriaga, adding that it may take some time for its line personnel to restore electricity in heavily flooded areas.
He added Meralco is currently working to restore electricity in its main lines, lateral lines and other critical installations such as hospitals and government agencies focused on disaster and rescue operations that are responding to Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ulysses.
“We would like to ask for everyone’s understanding and patience, as we also have to consider the safety of our personnel, equipment and especially that of our customers. But rest assured, our crews will immediately work to restore electricity service as long as the conditions permit,” Zaldarriaga said.