During the war, most of the utility was destroyed as its power plant and facilities were prime targets of Japanese and American bombers. When the smoke cleared, only a second-hand, war-damaged, 300-horsepower Fairbanks Morse Diesel engine was left. Negotiations resumed during the post-war era and Davao Light was finally acquired on the 25th of July, 1946 by Don Ramon Aboitiz, Relatives and Associates through the efforts of Francisco Such, then resident manager of Ormoc Electric Light Company.