By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
 
MARAWI CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO) has started constructing distribution lines in the most affected areas (MAA) of Marawi in preparation for energization of the entire MAA.
 
The construction of 13.2 KV overhead distribution lines is one of the two major projects to be implemented by LASURECO under the Marawi rehabilitation project.
 
Nordjana L. Dipatuan-Ducol, general manager of LASURECO, said they commenced the construction in Sectors 1 and 2 of the MAA where displaced families were given permits to start renovating or reconstructing their houses through the “Kathagombalay” program of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the city government of Marawi.
 
She said LASURECO has already completed constructing distribution lines in Sector 2 of the MAA while Sector 1 is at 25 percent completion.
 
“Sa Sector 1 ay hindi pa kumpleto dahil may mga bahay pa na nakatayo. Kaya ang ginawa namin para tuloy-tuloy ang trabaho ay kinocontinue namin kung saan nakalagay ang staging ng mga poste para hindi madelay ang proyekto,” she said.
 
(Sector 1 is not yet complete because there are still obstructions. So what we did to keep the work going is that we continue to where the staging of the posts is located so that the project will not be delayed.)
 
The manager also confirmed that the community quarantine affected the construction.
 
“Yung mga tauhan ng contractor at pati mga tao namin ay di makalabas dahil sa enhanced community quarantine pero nang mag general community quarantine ay unti-unting nakakapasok na sila kaya nag resume ang construction,” she added.
 
(The workers of our contractor and even our people could not come out because of the enhanced community quarantine but as the general community quarantine was implemented, they gradually came in and resumed construction.)
Aside from the overhead distribution lines, LASURECO will also construct a 20 MVA Power Substation in Gadongan.
 
 
Ducol said they are expecting a bigger economy once the Marawi rehabilitation is complete.
 
“We need a bigger substation where the MAA can connect because our old substation cannot accommodate should residents start constructing their houses. This 20 MVA substation will also ensure reliable electricity that the MAA needs,” she further said.
 
According to her, they are waiting for the funding to be downloaded to them.
 
Ducol also expressed confidence that they can finish the projects as scheduled.
 
“Confident ako na matatapos namin as scheduled as long as ma-download na sa amin ang pera for the 20 MVA substation at lahat ng hindrances like the obstruction ay maclear,” she said.
 
(I am confident that we will finish as scheduled for as long as the funding for the 20 MVA substation is downloaded to us and all hindrances like the obstructions are cleared.)
 
She also expressed appreciation to the TFBM and the National Housing Authority (NHA) for facilitating their requests.
 
“Whatever problem na naeencounter namin ay sinasabi namin sa kanila at madali naman naaaksyonan. Pag ma clear na ay saka papasok si LASURECO,” Ducol added.
 
(We inform them of whatever problem we encounter and they act on it fast. LASURECO will come in once it is cleared.)
 
Meanwhile, LASURECO continues to provide electrification services in the temporary shelters of NHA in Boganga, Rorogagus, Dulay, and Sagonsongan. The electric cooperative is also set to provide electrification to NHA’s permanent shelters in Kilala and Gadongan. (APB/PIA ICIC)