NRECA Presents Checks to Philippine Co‑ops

Martin Lowery, Mike Guidry presenting check to Macul Rosario Avestruz, GM of LEYECO II (the lady) and Roland Hidalgo, LEYECO II board president

Martin Lowery, Mike Guidry presenting check to Macul Rosario Avestruz, GM of LEYECO II (the lady) and Roland Hidalgo, LEYECO II board president

Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, NRECA Executive Vice President Martin Lowery and NRECA Board member Mike Guidry presented checks to the most significantly impacted electric cooperatives. Both traveled to Tacloban and other towns in Leyte to deliver the checks and also to survey first-hand recovery efforts in the affected areas.

A day after the storm hit, NRECA International launched the Philippines Typhoon Relief Campaign that raised more than $120,000.These funds will support co-op members to pay for the cost of reconnection as part of the restoration process in Leyte, Cebu and Iloilo.

Major donors for the fund are:

  • CoBank, Denver, CO
  • Brunswick EMC, Shallotte, NC
  • Farmers Electric Charitable Foundation, Greenville, TX
  • Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative, Lihu’e, HI
  • La Plata Electric Association, Durango, CO
  • Cooperative Balloon Associates, Arlington, VA

To immediately assist with relief and recovery efforts last year, NRECA International authorized $25,000 to support transportation, accommodation, fuel and other direct costs for Filipino crews that were mobilized after the storm hit. Much like their U.S. counterparts, almost 400 local Filipino linemen left their hometowns to help rebuild and restore power in the devastated areas.

NRECA International has maintained a close partnership with the Philippine electric cooperative community, and continues to have strong ties with them as is demonstrated by the ongoing support.

To get updates on relief and rebuilding efforts, “like” NRECA’s International Foundation’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/NRECAInternationalFoundation. To donate funds, go to www.nreca.coop/philippines-typhoon-relief.