Areas in Visayas, Mindanao on blackout as New Year 2015 kicks in

MANILA, Dec. 31 -– On the eve of new year 2015, not all Pinoys will get to flick the switch to light the tradtional noche buena festivities.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines reported that parts of Visayas and Mindanao still have blackouts as of Wednesday due to Tropical Storm “Seniang”.

In its recent update Wednesday, the NGCP said some areas in Visayas, particularly Bohol and Negros Oriental, are still disconnected to the grid, while some locations in Mindanao — Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur — remain without power.


The towns of Ubay, Trinidad, San Miguel, Carmen, and Dagohoy in Bohol province have no power since December 29. The areas are under the Bohol Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BOHECO 2).

The franchise of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative Inc. (NORECO 2) in Dumaguete City and the towns of Bacong, Dauin, and Siaton, still have to undergo restoration after the power outage Tuesday.

Portions of Bacolod City and the towns of Bago, San Enrique, Valladolid, and La Carlota in Negros Occidental have yet to be energized.

The areas, which lost power early Tuesday morning, are under the franchise of the Central Negros Electric Cooperatives Inc (CENECO) and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperatives Inc (NOCECO).

On the other hand, the transmission company has completed the power restoration works in the provinces of Biliran, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar as early as Tuesday morning.

For Leyte, the municipality of Javier has yet to be enrgized. Some towns in Bohol will have to wait, too.

In Mindanao, a huge part of Surigao del Norte seems to be partially damaged by “Seniang” as some areas lost power early Monday morning. The municipalities affected are Tubod, Mainit, San Francisco, Malimono, Sison, Placer, Claver, Bacuag, Gigaquit, Cantilan, Carrascal, Madrid and the whole Siargao island.


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