EDC shuts down power plants in Leyte

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The Energy Development Corp. (EDC) closed its power plants in Barangay Tongonan, Ormoc City, Leyte after the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that jolted the central Philippines on Thursday.

“For now, all of the plants are shut down and we are evaluating the damage. We will have a more detailed assessment as more information becomes available,” said EDC president Ricky Tantoco in a statement.

Tantoco also said their marshalling stations where power is sourced were damaged by the quake, but vowed to make it back in operation in at least three days.

“We have mobilized our team of contractors who will be working 24/7, as may be permitted by safety considerations given that aftershocks are still being felt, to have the marshalling stations back in operation in 3 to 5 days,” he said.

“Meantime, we are providing generator sets to the towns of Kananga and Ormoc in coordination with the LGUs (local government units),” he added.

Kanaga town in Leyte has been placed under the state of calamity on Friday.

Several areas in Leyte and Tacloban have no electricity yet due to the damage on transmission lines caused by the earthquake.