Philippines minister to resign for not restoring power after Haiyan: The energy minister of the Philippines intends to resign after not being able to fulfill his promise to restore energy to all areas hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan by Christmas Eve, said a presidential spokesman on Wednesday.
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla plans to submit his resignation to President Benigno Aquino on Thursday, said spokesman Edwin Lacierda on ABS-CBN television.
“He intends to submit his resignation, perhaps by tomorrow. Whether the president will accept his resignation, let us wait for that conversation to take place,” Lacierda said after speaking to the energy chief.
Mr. Petilla had made a promise to restore power to all town hit by Typhoon Haiyan by Christmas Eve, but was unable to reconnect the supply to three towns, said Lacierda.
The spokesman said Petilla had done an “admirable job” considering the huge scale of the disaster, said a Channel News Asia report.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) left more than 6,100 dead and another 2,000 missing when it struck the central Philippines on November 8. Some 4.4 million are still homeless from the storm that flattened entire towns.
It is considered the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon in recorded history, and one of the strongest to hit land anywhere in the world. It is also one of the Philippines’ worst natural disasters of any kind – in a country that is disaster-prone due to its geography and location.
Though electricity has been restored in a few selected areas of the affected towns, many districts still have no power from the storm that tore down power lines across a wide area.
The government’s disaster monitoring agency has reported that there were still power outages throughout the provinces devastated by the typhoon.