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NO DISCONNECTION POLICY UNDER ECQ – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to direct other distribution utilities (DUs) to replicate the move taken by Meralco which decided to suspend all disconnection activities within its franchise area that are placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified Community Quarantine. The Senate Energy Committee Chairperson likewise renewed his call on […]

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HONTIVEROS TO ERC: SUSPEND MERALCO RATE HIKE

Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to suspend an increase in power rates while the investigation on rotational blackouts is still ongoing, saying that this particular rate adjustment is ‘inconsiderate’ of the consumers. “Hangga’t walang napapanagot sa nangyaring rotational blackouts, hindi dapat na magdagdag-singil pa sa kuryente. Unfair naman ito sa konsyumer […]

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GATCHALIAN TO ERC: AVOID REPEAT OF BILL SHOCK

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the concerned authorities to oversee the conduct of onsite electric meter reading amid heightened restrictions under the re-imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to avoid a repeat of last year’s bill shock complaints. “Ayaw na nating maulit pa yung kalituhan sa mataas na singil ng kuryente noong isang taon matapos ang […]

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GATCHALIAN TO ERC: MAKE NGCP OBEY IPO REQUIREMENT

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to issue an ultimatum on the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to comply with the requirement to list its shares of stock, a provision specifically stated in its franchise as the country’s transmission system operator. The NGCP filed anew for a motion for reconsideration in August […]

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HONTIVEROS LAUDS ‘NO DISCONNECTION’ EXTENSION

Senator Risa Hontiveros welcomed the decision of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to extend its “no disconnection based on non-payment” policy until the end of this year. “Magandang balita ito para sa ating mga konsyumer na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakakabangon sa pinsalang dala ng pandemya,” Hontiveros said as ERC released its advisory directing […]

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ERC PENALTY ON MERALCO A WARNING ON OTHER ERRING DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES – GATCHALIAN

While Senator Win Gatchalian commended the swift action taken by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) against the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), he warns other distribution utilities (DUs) that may have committed similar lapses such as failure to properly inform their subscribers about the charges. The ERC recently issued a decision ordering Meralco to pay P19M […]

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NEA: POWER COOPS POST SLIGHT INCREASE IN ENERGY SALES IN 1ST QUARTER

Electric cooperatives (ECs) registered a slight increase in energy sales of 3 percent during the first three months of 2020, latest data of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) showed.  Data from the NEA Informational Technology and Communication Services Department (ITCSD) revealed that for the first quarter, total energy sales of the ECs increased to 5,338 […]

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PHILRECA WANTS FULL DISCLOSURE ON CONSUMER COMPLAINTS VS POWER COOPS

The Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) reiterated its request to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to release complete information on consumer complaints lodged against some electric cooperatives (ECs).  PHILRECA Executive Director and General Manager Janeene Depay-Colingan pointed out that full disclosure is necessary for properly addressing consumer complaints. So far, the only information […]

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PHILRECA TO HELP ERC ADDRESS CONSUMER COMPLAINTS VS POWER COOPS

The Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) has expressed its willingness to assist the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in addressing the consumer complaints against some electric cooperatives (ECs) over electricity bills.  In a statement, PHILRECA Executive Director and General Manager Janeene Depay-Colingan assured the government regulatory agencies including ERC that it is monitoring the […]

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GATCHALIAN TO ERC: PENALIZE DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ADVISORY AMID QUARANTINE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to penalize distribution utilities (DUs) that fail to comply with its advisories and directives aimed at alleviating the financial difficulties of Filipino power consumers given strict quarantine measures. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, grilled ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera over the actions that […]