As you know, over the weekend, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines and devastated many communities, specifically the islands of Leyte and Cebu. The power and transmission lines in the city of Tacloban were wiped out. There are 119 electric cooperatives in this nation, and at least 30 have been affected. These co-ops will need poles, conductors, insulators, transformers and financial assistance. The country’s National Electrification Administration (NEA) has mobilized more than 250 linemen to begin the restoration of power.
The NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) International Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to help the electric cooperatives in the Philippines restore power, recover and rebuild. NRECA International and several member co-ops have a longstanding relationship with the electric co-ops in the Philippines dating back to 1966. NRECA International is collaborating with the Philippine’s National Electrification Administration to assess material and equipment needs, to evaluate restoration of service and recovery costs to mobilize resources. The collaborative effort will focus on both short- and long-term challenges to restore power and to rebuild the transmission and distribution infrastructure.
If you are interested in joining this effort, please go to the Philippine’s Typhoon Relief page on NRECA.coop. All donations are tax deductible and all monies raised through this effort will be used to assist with the effort to restore electricity. We hope you will consider making a contribution to this fund or some other fund that will help the Philippines recover from this devastation.