Cebu City government will not provide incentives for linemen working to restore the power to the city’s 80 barangays.
Due to a lack of funds, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama stated that the city could not afford to pay incentives to lineman or telecommunications (telco) workers for restoration.
“No, no. We will rather give it to the people. Kuwang ang kwarta kung moestorya ta nga ang kwarta nga gikinahanglan karon dayon especially kanang para sa singko mil (The fund is not enough if we would say that the money is needed right now especially for the 5,000),” Rama said.
At least 62 barangays have yet to get the P5,000 assistance from the city. So far, just 18 barangays have received assistance, with the second batch set to begin distribution on February 3 to 5, 2022.
For the time being, the mayor stated that the city’s limited funds will be directed toward the city’s suffering residents.
As per report of CDN Digital, the Cebu City Council has already set aside P1 billion for typhoon response in December 2021, with at least P600 million set aside for financial assistance and P50 million set aside for public infrastructure restoration.
Furthermore, the Visayan Electric was only able to reenergize 428,003 of the 474,182 customers within their franchise region, which stretched from San Fernando in the south to Liloan in the north.
Rama also wants to be appraised of the current restoration efforts of Visayan Electric and the telcos in the barangays.
When asked if he is satisfied with the power utility’s restoration efforts, the mayor stated:“I want to know how far they are in Cebu City. I will meet them in a meeting. I cannot say anything until I have the data.”
Mayor Rama admits that the Visayan Electric Company wasn’t able to reach its target of restoring power to the entire city. Furthermore, he also gave the telcos until February 24 to clear their broken wires and posts around the city.