At least 95 linemen from different electric cooperatives in Western Visayas will be deployed in Boracay in line with the ongoing rehabilitation program here.
Fifty-five of them have been deployed on Thursday according to Aklan Electric Cooperative General Manager Alexis Regalado.
Regalado said 40 more linemen will be deployed in the coming days to help in the relocation and rehabilitation of electric poles and lines in Boracay.
The 95 linemen were part of the Task Force Kapatid organized by Akelco in coordination with the different electric cooperatives in Western Visayas with the support of the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
The linemen were from the following electric cooperatives: Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Antique Electric Cooperative, Guimaras Electric Cooperative, Capiz Electric Cooperative, Iloilo 1 Electric Cooperative (ILECO 1), ILECO 2 and ILECO 3.
They will be assigned here until October 20, said Regalado.
Aside from the linemen deployed in Boracay, the task force also brought six utility vehicles and four heavy line truck that will be used for their operation.
The relocation and installation of new electric poles are being done by the Akelco in coordination with the ongoing road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said at least 500 electric poles will be installed in preparation for the reopening of Boracay.
“Due to the rehabilitation works of Akelco, brownouts shall be expected in the coming month,” he said.
Masongsong said the Task Force is targeting to finish the rehabilitation of electric poles and lines by October 20.