The task force, he added, wascommitted to speed-up the power restoration and to assist Akelco in therehabilitation of lines in typhoon-battered areas but power fixes may take daysbefore electric services are restored. As of Dec. 2, power in around 27,000households was already restored while about 850 electric posts out of around17,000 were severely damaged based on the initial assessment. The grid operator continues to conductfoot patrol and aerial inspections in all areas to determine the damages ontransmission lines and other-related facilities in the region.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) “We will restore power in Aklan asquickly as possible. The crews are working safely to give back your electricservices. While this restoration takes place, we appreciate the patience of thepublic affected by the power outage,” he said. The areas have experienced widespreadpower outage after the typhoon hit the province on Dec. 25, leaving around143,000 member-consumers without electricity. Akelco sought the help of its sisterelectric cooperatives in Panay Island and Mindanao to make immediate clearingoperations and restore power in around 380 villages of northern Antique andAklan. Meanwhile, electricity is back in someareas of Aklan, including the towns of Kalibo, Altavas, Batan, New Washington,Banga, Libacao, Numancia, Lezo, Malinao, Tangalan, Nabas, and Ibajay after itreceived power from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines onDec. 28. Regalado said linemen from Bukidnon,Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental will also augment theTask Force Kapatid, aside from the personnel of Antique, Zamboanga del Norteand Iloilo. Akelco general manager Alexis Regaladocalled on member-consumers in hard-hit rural communities to bear with the poweroutage. Linemen from various electric cooperatives fix a pole damaged during the onslaught of typhoon “Ursula.” Recently, the Aklan Electric Cooperative called on power consumers in the province to be patient as they try to speed-up the power restoration efforts in the affected areas. AKELCO BORACAY – The Aklan ElectricCooperative (Akelco) urged power consumers, who were affected during theonslaught of typhoon “Ursula,” to be patient and understanding amid the poweroutage in the province. The towns of Madalag, Buruanga, Malay,and Antique have remained isolated from the rest of Akelco’s franchisearea. “Maramipa tayong mga electric poles na hindi pa natin nabilang sa mga remote barangays and sitios. Sofar, aabot na sa P73 million ang damage ni Ursula,” Regalado said. According to Akelco, the Task ForceKapatid, assigned to restore electricity in the province, has been working hardto repair downed poles and power lines in Aklan’s 17 towns and the municipalitiesof Pandan and Libertad in Antique and a portion of Capiz.