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Damage to Palinpinon
power plants assessed

The Energy Development Corporation said Friday that it will assess the extent of damage to the Palinpinon geothermal facilities in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

This was after EDC vice president for Negros, Dwight Maxino, announced that two of its geothermal power plants were shut down Friday when Typhoon Sendong ravaged Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City.

“Our power plants have continued to operate to provide service to the community but we have taken the necessary precautions to maintain safe operational levels,” Norreen Bautista, of EDC's Southern Negros Geothermal Plants in Valencia, said.

She said EDC has assisted in the evacuation of 100 or more residents in Caidiocan and Puhagan, two of the three geothermal host barangays in Valencia, in coordination with town mayor Ricky Gonzalez and the officials.

The residents had to be evacuated when flashfloods triggered by Sendong hit Valencia and nearby areas.

EDC facilities were used as evacuation centers with provision for food, Bautista said.

EDC is now clearing the affected roads to hasten access to its facilities and assistance to host communities, she added.

As of Friday afternoon, all the spillways leading to the geothermal facilities in Valencia were impassable, and commuters had to take the long route via San Antonio in Sibulan. Parts of the road in San Antonio also collapsed due to unusually high levels of water.

Landslides and landslips were also noted in certain areas.*JFP


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