BacMan power plant suffers from landslides

By REY M. NASOL

LEGAZPI CITY — Power generation is feared to have suffered setbacks in one of Albay’s geothermal fields after heavy and prolonged rains triggered landslides and flashfloods across the province.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said that the Energy Development Corporation (EDC)-Bacon Manito Geothermal Plant has reported to the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) that its facilities sustained damages worth over P30 million from landslides and flashflood runoffs.

Salceda said the PDRRMC is still awaiting further investigation reports from the EDC-Bacman to determine if such damage would severely affect power production in its production wells.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of Albay has been reported contemplating to send back thousands of families to their designated evacuation camps upon recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa said Sunday that the tailend of a cold front continues to hoist thick clouds over the eastern parts of the region that include the cities of Legazpi and Sorsogon and Virac, Catanduanes.

“Expect continuous light to moderate rains and cloudy skies the first days of this week with high probability of rains,” Pagasa said.

PDRRMC ordered the evacuation of threatened residents last Dec. 24 and declared a state of calamity within the province of Albay on Dec. 29.

Preemptive evacuation peaked at 12,752 families or 62,655 individuals who were supplied with daily relief and food packs, including 17,000 media noche packs on the eve of last year’s Christmas.

More assistance in the form of “food for work” was also provided to some 41,121 economically-displaced households, especially fisherfolks along the coastal villages.

A clinic per evacuation center was also established according to Albay Provincial Health Officer Dr.Luis Mendoza upon order by Gov. Salceda who also called for free hospitalization of the affected families.

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