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EXTEND MERALCO PAYMENTS AMID COVID – HONTIVEROS

Senator Risa Hontiveros urged power distributor giant Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) to extend its installment-based payment scheme for consumers, warning that stricter payment policies might lead to a “disconnected nation” that will make life harder for poor families and derail efforts to revive the economy. “Hindi maganda na ngayong 2021, maliban sa COVID-19 ay magkaroon […]

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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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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 […]

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GATCHALIAN: GO DIGITAL, PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM BILL SHOCK

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging distribution utilities to fast-track their digital transformation to deliver enhanced customer experience, particularly in payment systems. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, made the statement as he highlighted during the Energy and Sustainable Development Webinar, organized by the Ateneo School of Government, the importance of digitalization in relation […]

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MERALCO SHOULD INCENTIVIZE ONLINE CUSTOMERS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to incentivize customers who are moving into online transactions. Meralco initially waived the P47 convenience fee during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) but the largest distribution utility in the country has recently announced that it will resume collecting the said fee from consumers who […]

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MERALCO SHOULD GIVE SEPARATE SHEET FOR UNDERESTIMATE, OVERESTIMATE BILL COMPUTATIONS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the country’s largest distribution utility, to come up with a separate bill that is more transparent and will be very clear to the consumers, following mounting complaints of a sudden surge in supposed electricity consumption for the month of May. During a recent Joint Congressional Energy Commission […]

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CLEAR CONFUSION OVER HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS – GATCHALIAN URGES ERC, DOE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to issue a fresh advisory that will help clear the confusion on high electricity bills amid numerous complaints, especially from areas that are now under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). During a recent Committee of the Whole hearing, Gatchalian […]

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DPWH, PRIVATE SECTOR JOIN HANDS FOR MEGA QUARANTINE CENTER AT PHILIPPINE ARENA – VILLAR

A large-scale health and safety initiative of the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine Arena, MVP Group of Companies, and Villar Group was completed Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in a bid to isolate and provide optimal medical care against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the three big tents at […]

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STAGGER PAYMENT OF ELECTRICITY BILLS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government needs to come up with a solution to ease the burden of Filipino households, whose electricity bills are expected to pile up after a month of reprieve especially that the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) has been extended to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Gatchalian expressed concern […]

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IS THERE A POWER CRISIS IN METRO MANILA? – CASTELO

“Metro Manila is still under a water supply crisis, do we now also have a power crisis?” Rep. Winnie Castelo posed this question after successive days that parts of Metro Manila were subjected to a number of hours of power loss that started Wednesday, April 10. Castelo heads the Metro Manila Development Committee in the […]