TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija -- Rural electric cooperatives (RECs) in Central Luzon banded together into a task force to help restore “bayanihan-style” lost power in the Lawin-ravaged provinces of Isabela and Cagayan.
Task Force Kapatid, consisting of RECs in Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, and 20 vehicles, including boom trucks and 98 linemen, were dispatched in a send-off ceremony on Wednesday for a 10-hour journey to the two provinces.
Reynaldo Villanueva, president of the Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association and the Nueva Ecija Electric Cooperative 2 (Neeco 2), and Neeco 2 Area 1 General Manager Nelson dela Cruz led the send-off rites for the task force members from the Pampanga Electric Cooperatives (Pelco) 1-3, Fresco, Zambales Electric Cooperative (Zamelco) 1 & 2, Tarlac Electric Cooperative (Tarelco) 1 & 2, Peninsula Electric Cooperative (Penelco) of Bataan, Aurora Electric Cooperative (Aurelco) and Neeco 1 & 2.
Villanueva, who organized the task force, said a crew from the Tarlac Electric Company, Dagupan Electric and the Cabanatuan Electric Corp. (Celcor) will join the group in the power restoration mission which is expected to last for three weeks.
The linemen will be provided allowances by the CLECA for the duration of their stay in the mission areas.