TAGUIG CITY - Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi reminds the energy family to brace for Typhoon Rosita (International Name: Yutu), which already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of 6:30 a.m. today.
“We just completed the restoration of Typhoon Ompong-hit areas, but the concept of resiliency doesn’t end there. We have to continue to prepare and respond, since the country is vulnerable to natural disasters and it has an average of 20 typhoons a year,” Sec. Cusi emphasized.
Provinces in northern Luzon are the forecasted path of the typhoon based on the reports of the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The energy family, through the Task Force on Energy Resiliency (TFER) already begun monitoring and preparatory measures to reduce the adverse impact of the weather disturbance to vital facilities.
The National Power Corporation has started precautionary measures on its supervised hydroelectric dams, including Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque, Angat, and Caliraya dams.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) likewise sent typhoon preparedness advisories to all electric cooperatives (ECs) as early as 24 October (Wednesday). NEA also advised the ECs to activate their Emergency Restoration Organization (ERO) to implement their Emergency Restoration Plan (ERP).
In Metro Manila, the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) has been conducting preparatory activities within its franchise area, including its coordination with its stakeholders for safety, human resource, and its preparation of materials, vehicles and equipment as well as portable generators for potential evacuation.
The DOE assures the public that the energy family will continue to monitor the typhoon situation to immediately address any adverse effect of the weather disturbance to the energy systems and facilities.