STILL NO POWER
I got word today from my younger brother that we would still have no electricity at home up to Wednesday or Thursday this week.
If power is restored on Thursday, that would make it exactly one week since the power outage at the height to the storm. The Inquirer banner story today said that millions remain without power or water. Many of these folks are in Bicol in Southern Luzon and in what our creative friends at Meralco would call “isolated areas in Metro Manila”. The Meralco claim is that power has been restored to 94% of its franchise area, just 6% short of their target 100% as of last night’s deadline.
Funny belonging to that “unlucky” 6% of Meralco customers not having electricity. Last I checked, a significant part of the Scout area and Timog area in Quezon City and some places in the Roxas district still had no power. Repairs were only started in the Timog lines Sunday morning. That’s when Meralco started clearing the damaged posts. Some of the posts near Panay Ave. and Mo. Ignacia streets snapped like toothpicks during the storm. Some broken posts didn’t exactly fall. They were just there, hanging dangerously, probably waiting for another storm before they crash down on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians. They were hanging dangerously for three days before any clearing ops were done.
But in the worst hit areas like Bicol, power is not expected to be restored till another 1-2 months. Even if some provinces are able to set up their electric posts, this will all be for naught because the main transmission lines connecting the provinces are still down. It would take a huge effort on the part of government and even people’s organizations to get Bicol “on its feet again”.
Which brings us to the latest preoccupation of Congress today, that of amending or revising the constitution. In a time of severe economic distress, lawmakers aligned with the administration have not given up on changing the constitution, trying to make a final big push before Congress goes on recess by mid-October. The congressman from Sorsogon was right in saying that cha-cha won’t build houses or provide shelter for the victims of Milenyo, yet the administration lawmakers are hell-bent on pursuing charter change.
It is the height of undisguised selfishness and just plain insensitivity.
While millions are languishing without power, those who wield it are still craving for more.