Meralco announces power interruption in parts of Luzon starting April 28
Marje Pelayo • April 27, 2020 • 1273
MANILA, Philippines — Residents in some parts of Luzon will experience scheduled power interruptions starting Tuesday (April 28) according to an advisory by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
The service interruption, which will run until Sunday (May 3) is to give way for maintenance works, the power distributor said in an advisory.
The announcement covers several areas in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Pampanga.
LAGUNA (SAN PEDRO CITY) April 28 Tuesday between 9:00AM and 2:00PM
Portion of Puerto Galera St. from near Cresta Ola St. to Puerto Azul St. in Holiday Homes Subd. Phase 1, Bgy. San Antonio.
REASON: Installation of facilities along Puerto Galera St. in Holiday Homes Subd. Phase 1, Bgy. San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna.
BULACAN (DOÑA REMEDIOS TRINIDAD; SAN ILDEFONSO; AND SAN MIGUEL)April 29 Wednesday between 11:30PM and 11:59PM; April 30 Thursday between 7:01AM and 7:45AM
Portion of Cagayan Valley Road from Bgy. Maasim, San Ildefonso, Bulacan to Batasan – Salapungan National Road; Bgys. Antayam, Calasag, Calawitan, Garlang, Lapnit, Maasim, Makapilapil, Malipampang, Mataas Na Parang, Nabaong Garlang, Matimbubong, Pulong Tamo, San Juan, Sapang Putol, Sta. Catalina Bata, Sta. Catalina Matanda, Telepatio, Salangan and town proper in San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Bgys. Sapang Putol, San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Bgys. Paliwasan, Salangan and Sta. Rita Matanda in San Miguel, Bulacan.
Portion of M. Valte Road (San Ildefonso – DRT Municipal Road) from Cagayan Valley Road to and including Bgys. Sapang Bulak, Kalawakan and Camachin in Doña Remedios Trinidad; Bgys. Akle, Alagao, Bagong Barrio, Basuit, Bubulong Malaki, Bubulong Munti, Bulusukan, Casalat, Gabihan, Palapala, Pasong Bangkal, Pinaod, Sapang Dayap, Sapang Putik, Sapang Putol, Sta. Catalina Bata, Sta. Catalina Matanda, Sumandig, Umpucan and Upig in San Ildefonso, Bulacan.
REASON: Maintenance works inside Meralco – San Miguel substation.
PAMPANGA (CANDABA) April 29 Wednesday between 11:30PM and 11:59PM; April 30 Thursday between 7:01AM and 7:45AM
Portion of Batasan – Salapungan National Road from Bgy. Poblacion, San Miguel, Bulacan to and including Bgys. Barangka, Lourdes, Magumbali, Mapanique, Mandile, Magumbali, Lourdes and Salapungan in Candaba, Pampanga; Bgys. Batasan Bata, Batasan Matanda and San Agustin in San Miguel, Bulacan.
REASON: Maintenance works inside Meralco – San Miguel substation.
CAVITE (TERNATE; MARAGONDON; AND NAIC) April 30 Thursday between 9:00AM and 9:30AM / between 3:01PM and 3:30PM
Portion of Dr. C. Nuñez St. from Bgy. Labac in Naic to and including Bgys. Pinagsanhan 1-A & 1-B in Maragondon; Bgys. Bucana, town proper, San Jose, San Juan I & II and Sapang I & II in Ternate.
REASON: Maintenance works inside Meralco – Puerto Azul substation.
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday called on power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to extend its installment-based payment scheme to help its customers cope with economic difficulties due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hontiveros said implementing stricter payment policies might lead to a “disconnected nation” that will make life harder for poor families and derail efforts to revive the country’s economy.
“Hindi maganda na ngayong 2021, maliban sa COVID-19 ay magkaroon din ng epidemiya ng tanggalan ng kuryente sa ating bansa,” she said in a statement.
“Mas mahihirapan umahon ang bansa mula sa pandemya at sa bagsak na ekonomiya kung mas maraming Pilipino ang mapuputulan ng kuryente sa kanilang mga kabahayan dahil sa mga polisiya ng Meralco,” she added.
Meralco earlier announced it has begun sending out notices of disconnection to customers using 201 kilowatt-hours and more per month, and those who are behind in their monthly payments.
The power distributor also said it will be hiking power rates up to P8.7497 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) this year, which means that an average household consuming 200 kWh per month will be charged around an additional ₱55 in their bill.
Hontiveros said the disconnection policy combined with new rate adjustment in the generation charge is on top of the already high regular monthly electricity bills consumers must pay.
“Itong anunsyo ng MERALCO ay mistulang one-two-three punch sa ating mga kawawang consumer, na marami ngayon ay knock-out na sa mga utang, mahal na bilihin at kakulangan ng hanapbuhay dahil sa pandemya,” she said.
“Mas malaki na ang singil ng kuryente, andiyan pa ang panganib na matanggalan ng kuryente kapag hindi nakabayad ng buo. Baka maulit o mas malala ito sa ‘bill shock’ last year na inalmahan ng ating mga kababayan noong 2020,” she added.
Hontiveros expressed hope that MERALCO will stick to its corporate motto of “May liwanag ang buhay,” and work with the government towards programs that will prevent the denial of power services to many Filipinos who are struggling amid the pandemic.
“Electricity is an essential need lalo na ngayong may pandemya. Hindi siguro kalabisan na humiling pa ng makatwirang palugit. Bago ang lahat, kapakanan muna ng ating mga kababayan ang pangunahin na mas dapat inuuna, bago ang kita,” the senator said.
She also advised the power firm to work with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and explore the possibility of extending its debt restructuring program, which offers flexible or staggered payment options for consumers who are having difficulties paying their monthly power bills so that they could avoid disconnection.
“Siguro naman, hindi hamak na may kapasidad ang MERALCO, ang mga power suppliers at kanilang mga bangko na i-manage ang problema sa utang kumpara sa pinapasan ng mga consumers ngayon,” she said.
“Accommodating this installment-based payment scheme will also ensure that more Filipinos will not get disconnected and will remain as MERALCO’s customers, which will be beneficial in the long run,” she added.
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) shall be extending its no-disconnection policy until January 31, 2021.
This was announced by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco yesterday referring to his letter to Meralco management dated November 30, requesting the electric company to consider such extension.
In a statement, Velasco said extending Meralco’s no-disconnection policy is in keeping with the “bayanihan” spirit amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The extended grace period being given to our fellow Filipinos during the holiday season will provide much needed reprieve to those reeling from the devastating effects of the pandemic and natural calamities,” Velasco said.
In response, Meralco President and CEO Atty. Ray Espinosa informed Velasco in a December 14 letter that the company will extend its no-disconnection policy for unpaid bills from December 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
Espinosa said that the extended grace period will benefit over 3 million customers or 47 percent of the company’s total customer base.
“We hope that by this extended grace period to our customers, much needed relief and reprieve is provided to the most disadvantaged MERALCO franchise customers during this holiday season amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” Espinosa’s letter to the House Speaker read.
Velasco, in turn, thanked Espinosa for “showing true bayanihan spirit and empathizing with the plight of our indigent countrymen.”
“This is how we overcome the devastating effects of this pandemic, with leaders from both private and public sectors working together to make lives better,” he added. — /mbmf
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