THE month-long absence of power supply in Bgys. 181 and 182 of Caloocan City comprising 33,000 residents is finally ending after a full contingent of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) personnel, vehicles and equipment entered the area on the strength of a court order to bring back power supply.
Escorted by a team of court sheriffs, officials of the City of Caloocan, SWAT teams and other PNP officers and personnel, Meralco shall first conduct inspection, safety evaluation and repairs of all electric lines and cables prior to the reconnection of a main power line that was damaged during heavy monsoon rains.
This came after Caloocan City Regional Trial Court Branch 232 Judge Rosalia Hipolito-Bunagan issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Sept. 10, preventing Carmel Development Inc. (CDI) from barring Meralco in entering Pangarap Village.
The TRO was issued days after Parents and Teachers’ Association representatives Reynaldo Oflash and Esther Dacanay of Pangarap Elementary School and Pangarap High School located in Bgys. 181 and 182, filed a petition for TRO and writ of preliminary injunction.
In her order, Judge Bunagan cited the relative inconvenience being experienced by the students due to lack of power supply.
Restoring power to the schools will automatically restore power to the two barangays since only one main electric line is being shared in the vicinity.
Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan, who immediately demanded that Meralco restore electricity in the area, expressed elation that the suffering of the residents will finally end.
Residents of Pangarap Village are in a land dispute with CDI after Pangarap Village became a resettlement area by virtue of a presidential decree issued by late President Ferdinand Marcos.