MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- A new electricity line in the pacific area of the province is now 60% done and, barring any unlikely delays, this will be finished by the end of the month, according to the head of the local power distribution utility here.

The 25-kilometer long project is already an insulated wire, no longer affected by sudden line tripping caused by transient objects that touched it, and it will solve the low voltage situation consumers usually experienced, said Jonathan Empeno, general manager of the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO).

The wires traversed from the municipalities of Saint Bernard to Hinunangan, and it is now in Barangay Catublian, just five kilometers off up to the end, Empeno reported, adding that the project cost is P30 million.

The old, existing line was in service for the past 35 years and was already dilapidated, Empeno also said.

He asked patience and understanding from power users for the inconvenience during work on installing the new line, where power had to be cut off.

Meanwhile, next year, the priority will be the installation of a similar insulated line in the Panaon Island, which is also seen as a solution to the low voltage situation there.

Empeno said the plan still has to go through a board resolution, while the estimated cost of the project may reach P90 million. (LDL/MMP/PIA-8/Southern Leyte)