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Old cables blamed for Clark’s PAF area outages

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CLARK FREEPORT—The Philippine Air Force (PAF) community inside this freeport zone is at a loss as to when electric power will be restored in their area.

This developed after a power outage hit the PAF housing area at the northwest section of this freeport since Thursday last week.

Residents said they have learned that it will take a month before power can be restored in their housing units, which leave them in a quandary.

On Wednesday, the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) said the PAF housing area has its own feeder and directly gets its electric power distribution from the Clark Electric Distribution Corp. (CEDC).

CDC communications manager Eric Jimenez said “CDC has nothing to do with their [electricity] needs.”

CEDC chief operating officer Radito “Ding” P. Tuazon confirmed that the PAF housing area maintains its own distribution lines with the use of underground cables which were installed since the time of the US Air Force.

But Tuazon disclosed that the PAF had already reached out to them for assistance.

“PAF operates and maintains their distribution lines within their area. They have underground problems…and their plan is to just install overhead lines, maybe 10 spans to restore the power,” he said.

He said CEDC has been continually helping the PAF community here. This time, they need the CEDC to endorse their budget plan to fix their problem, he added.

Tuazon said he is puzzled as to why it was only now that the PAF had sought their assistance when it was confirmed that they have had no electricity since last week.

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