By Victoria A. Rocha
ECT Staff Writer
As electric cooperatives in the Philippines struggle to grasp the extent of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction, NRECA International Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to help co-ops restore power and rebuild systems.
“This is the worst disaster that the Philippines ever had. As we do the planning for the rehabilitation efforts, I myself cannot help but shed tears,” said Edith Bueno, administrator of the Philippines’ National Electrification Administration, an agency which operates much like the Rural Utilities Service.
Pictured: A survivor wipes his face under a Philippines national flag in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, the Philippines. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Packing winds of 190 mph, the Nov. 10 typhoon ripped through the power lines of 30 of the island nation’s 119 electric co-ops.
NRECA is prepared to do its part to help rebuild the country’s devastated rural power system. The association has launched the Philippines Typhoon Relief campaign to raise funds that will help procure new poles, conductor, insulators and transformers.
A longtime partner in the country’s rural electrification efforts, NRECA International Programs also is sending “a rapid assessment team” to the typhoon-ravaged areas. Program veteran Bob Dalton will be on the ground for 10 days to assess what efforts can best supplement the NEA’s management of the restoration and recovery efforts.
Read more on the ECT.coop website.
To donate to NRECA International's fund for relief efforts, visit nreca.coop.