DOE chief vows to fully restore power in Davao Oriental within 45 days

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AFTER being scolded by President Benigno Aquino III, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla has assured the full restoration of power within 45 days in Davao Oriental, which was hit by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in December 2012.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Wednesday that Petilla discussed the matter with Aquino in Tacloban City Tuesday.

"The DOE (Department of Energy) is clearly on point on this and Secretary Petilla has assured the full restoration of electricity in all Pablo-affected areas within 45 days. He will be submitting a plan—a memo to the President containing the details of his action plan," Valte said at a media briefing.

She said the President had voiced frustration over the slow restoration of power in Cateel following the onslaught of Pablo.

This frustration stemmed from the supposed buck-passing among some officials, she noted.

Valte also said Petilla continues to have the President's trust and confidence.

"Yes, he does," she said when asked if Petilla still enjoys the President's trust. (SDR/Sunnex)

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