VECO targets full power restoration in Cebu by January 31

The beautiful city lights of all of Metro Cebu will once again dazzle and shine by the end of January 2022.

Yes, our suffering from the lack of electricity will finally come to an end a month and a half after the devastation that is the super typhoon, Odette.

The Visayan Electric Co. said on December 26 that they would complete the rehabilitation of the electric line in San Fernando, Naga City, Minglanilla, Talisay City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion, and Liloan before February.

With a total of 474,182 consumers, Visayan Electric presently has reenergized at least 15.8 percent or 74,920 of the consumers.

Most of these are hospitals, water pumps of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), government buildings, and essential establishments which were the priority in reenergizing.


  • December 31, 2021:
    • Expect to power 30 percent of their franchise
    • Reenergize all our hospitals and water pumps
    • 80 percent reenergization of each of MCWD and Abejo Water
  • January 10, 2022: Expect to power 80 percent of their franchise
  • January 31, 2022: Expect full power back

Reenergization summary as of December 26:

  • 19 out of 31 hospitals in its franchise area
  • 43 out of 116 MCWD pumps
  • 8 out of 31 Abejo Water Pumps

VECO crew deployed every Cebu LGU

  • Cebu City- 12 crew, 60 linemen
  • Liloan- 5 crew, 25 linemen
  • Consolacion- 1 crew, 5 linemen
  • Mandaue City- 7 crew, 35 linemen
  • Talisay City- 6 crew, 30 linemen
  • Minglanilla- 1 crew, 5 linemen
  • Naga City- 5 crew, 25 linemen
  • San Fernando- 1 crew, 5 linemen 

Note: The number of linemen or crews depends on the severity of damage in those areas.

Only the substation in Ayala area in Cebu City has not been restored yet because of the extent of the damage. 

Visayan Electric is now producing 58.49 megawatts out of its 365 megawatts maximum energy demand. 

In order to hasten the restoration progress, Lucero appealed to LGUs to clear the roads and collect the garbage so the crew linemen can easily pass through the roads. 

“Clear the roads, remove fallen trees and avoid dumping garbage on the streets,” said Lucero. 

It was a challenge for Visayan Electric as well as the employees are victims too along with the fuel challenge, the extent of damages, and clearing of the roads. They are doing their best to hasten the process and appeal to the LGU’s in the clearing of the streets for better access and faster work.

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Marel Baluyos
Marel Baluyos
"Cebu is my always."

Chemical Engineer / Associate Editor | Bantayan Island, Cebu

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