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DMCI Power aids Masbate quake victims

August 25, 2020

Off-grid energy supplier DMCI Power Corporation (DPC) distributed relief packs and drinking water to 300 families currently sheltering in various evacuation centers in Cataingan, Masbate.

The second class municipality was hit by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake last Tuesday, damaging houses, roads, buildings and other structures in the area.

DMCI Power also donated first-aid medical supplies of antiseptic, alcohol and surgical items such as gloves, tapes and syringe to the municipal hospital.

“We are in continuous coordination with the Cataingan LGU and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to identify other assistance needed by our host community”, said DPC president Nestor Dadivas.

DPC operates a diesel plant in Brgy. Curvada, Cataingan. The facility tripped Tuesday morning after some of the distribution lines of its offtaker Masbate Electric Cooperative (MASELCO) were toppled by the earthquake.

DPC and MASELCO have partially restored power supply in certain areas in Cataingan and Placer. Full energization is expected after MASELCO completes its distribution line clearance activities.

The main DPC plant in Mobo, including its other satellite plants in Balud and Cawayan, have remained fully operational.

DPC is also extending financial assistance to its eight employees who were affected by the earthquake.

“After the earthquake, we immediately got in touch with our Masbate personnel to check on their condition. Fortunately, no one was injured and only one was severely affected,” Dadivas added.

DPC was established in 2006 to energize the small and remote islands in the country that are not connected to the main power grid. It currently operates in Masbate, Palawan and Oriental Mindoro.