Two teams from Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) composed of 15 linemen swiftly finished the diversion of some communal transformers from Circuit 4 to Sinipsip Substation (Circuit 6)
to restore power to parts of Buyacaoan and Abatan in Buguias, Benguet on Tuesday. Led by Construction and Maintenance Officer Engr. Roy Olatic, linemen brought back Circuit 4, one of the areas affected by the typhoon Bettydamaged Bulalacao, Mankayan Substation that rendered the
town of Mankayan and parts of Buguias without power for days.

Praying for continuing good weather, BENECO Network Services Department OIC Engr. Mario Calatan said they will be able to restore electricity in these two areas where the Northern Benguet
District Hospital and the Municipal Hall are located. The Bulalacao Substation serves Circuit 5 (Mankayan) and Circuit 4 (Buguias). An initial P5.8 million cost of damage was posted at the
Bulalacao Substation due the fury of Typhoon Betty. BENECO earlier assured that as long as the weather is under normal conditions during the transport to its testing and commissioning of the Bulalacao Substation transformer replacement, the full restoration of power will be expected by
June 15, 2023.

“The ISECO (Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative) Board during their meeting approved the request of BENECO for the rental of the 10 MVA power transformer. BENECO has mobilized their equipment to haul the transformer from ISECO to Mankayan and is expected to arrive soon. It will take BENECO five days to install and commission the transformer upon delivery, however it will depend on the weather condition,” Engr. Artemio Bacoco, Beneco Acting General Manager said. “If all the testing and commissioning is successful then the transformer will be energized. Hence, the power supplying the two municipalities including some parts of Cervantes (Ilocos Sur) will be completely energized,” Bacoco stressed.

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