Restoring Power After Odette
Bayanihan At Its Core: The Role Meralco Played in Restoring Power in Communities Affected By Typhoon Odette
These modern day heroes spent more than a month in affected areas to help keep the light on for many Filipinos.
By Meralco Power Club
Published March 9, 2022
Meralco welcomed back 43 linemen heroes who helped restore power in typhoon affected areas aboard 2Go vessels from Bohol and Cebu.
After spending more than a month helping restore power in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Odette, linemen and engineers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco)—who answered the call of duty—are finally back home.
Onboard 2Go vessels from Cebu and Bohol, 43 Meralco personnel arrived at the North Harbor Pier 4 in Tondo, Manila on January 26.
They received a simple but meaningful heroes' welcome from 2Go and Meralco, which have been actively supporting efforts to aid the severely affected areas in their recovery.
2Go also brought home 23 trucks and vehicles that Meralco used for the power restoration efforts.
The logistics firm played a significant role in helping Meralco's Visayas contingent fulfill its mission, according to One Meralco Foundation (OMF) President Jeffrey O. Tarayao.
“Today, electricity service has been restored in more communities in Cebu City and Bohol as hundreds of poles have been erected and vital lines have been reconnected in these areas,” says Tarayao. “Thanks to the bayanihan of so many stakeholders, including one of our partners, 2Go, our kababayans severely affected by the typhoon are now recovering.”
He adds: “I would like to express gratitude to 2Go and its team for helping us bring our trucks and other vehicles needed to support the power restoration work in Cebu and Bohol.”
Meralco also partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly the Philippine Navy, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Airlines, to deploy crews, transport equipment, and care packages to the affected areas.
The distribution utility continues to help areas that are still reeling from the impact of the typhoon. A total of 47 linemen and engineers, along with 11 vehicles, are currently assisting electric cooperatives in Surigao del Norte and Siargao Island.
“Extending help to our fellow Filipinos within and outside our franchise area, especially when it comes to power, has always been part of our DNA,” says Meralco Senior Vice President and Head of Networks Ronnie L. Aperocho. “We are very blessed to have employees who understand this and also exemplify malasakit, which is one of our core values.”
“Despite the ongoing pandemic, we did not experience any difficulty in forming contingents who are more than willing to help. We will continue helping those affected by Typhoon Odette the best way we can.”
Besides the assistance in bringing back electricity, OMF also partnered with other companies and non-profit organizations for the distribution of relief packages to affected families.
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Story originally posted on Power Club.