Meralco announces power interruption schedule in MMla, Luzon on April 1-7

Maris Federez   •   March 31, 2019   •   6949

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After a series of water service interruption, Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon will experience yet another interruption, this time on electricity.

This, after the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced power service interruption in several areas of the National Capital Region and nearby provinces in Luzon.

Meralco said this is due to various maintenance works to be conducted in these areas.

According to Meralco’s announcement on its Facebook page, power interruption will be as follows:

Caloocan City (Bagumbong and Camarin), April 2, Tuesday, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.

This is due to the line reconductoring works and replacement of rotten poles in Senate Housing Subd., Bagumbong, Caloocan City;

Manila (Sta. Ana and Sta. Mesa),  April 1, Monday, between 7:00am and 7:30am.

Reason for this is the retirement of facilities affected by on-going Skyway construction along New Panaderos St. in Sta. Ana, Manila.

Manila (Sampaloc),  April 2 – 3, Tuesday to Wednesday, from 11:30pm (Tue., 04/02/19) to 5:30am (Wed., 04/03/19)

Reason: Line conversion works along P. Noval St. in Sampaloc, Manila.

Manila (Sta. Mesa) and Quezon City (Doña Imelda), April 3, Wednesday, from 9:00 to 9:30am, and from 2:30 to 3:00pm; between 9:00am and 3:00pm

This is due to the relocation of facilities and line reconductoring works along Guadalcanal St. in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Manila (Sampaloc), April 4 – 5, Thursday to Friday, between 11:30pm (Thu., 04/04/19) and 5:30am (Fri., 04/05/19) .

This is because of the line conversion works along Nicanor Roxas St. (Laong Laan) in Sampaloc, Manila.

Pasig City (Manggahan), March 31 – April 1, Sunday to Monday, between 11:30pm (Sun., 03/31/19) And 4:30am (Mon., 04/01/19).

Reason: Relocation of facilties along Caruncho Road in Bgy. Manggahan, Pasig City.

Bulacan (San Ildefonso and San Miguel); Pampanga (Candaba)

April 3 – 4, Wednesday to Thursday; from 11:30pm (Wed., 04/03/19) to 12:01am (Thu., 04/04/19), and then from 6:00 to 6:30am (Thu., 04/04/19)

Reason: Maintenance works inside Meralco – San Miguel substation.

Bulacan (Norzagaray and San Jose Del Monte City), April 6, Saturday, between 1:00am and 2:00am, and from 5:00am to 6:00am.

This shall be brought about by the repair works inside Meralco – Sapang Palay substation.

Laguna (Liliw; Nagcarlan; Pila; And Sta. Cruz), April 2, Tuesday, from 12:01 to 12:15am, and from 7:00 to 7:15am

Reason for this will be the maintenance works inside Meralco – Sta. Cruz substation.  – Maris Federez

Meralco: Lower power rates this February

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 6, 2020

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has announced a P0.59 per kilowatt-hour reduction in their power rates starting February.

This translates to a P118 decrease for a household consuming around 200 kWh per month.

A household consuming 300 kWh per month will have a power rate cut of P177.

Meanwhile, households with a power consumption of 400 kWh and 500 kWh will have P236 and P295 power rates cut, respectively.

The downward adjustment is due to lower power generation charges. This is the second consecutive month that Meralco announced a power rate reduction.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Bayan Muna reps urge probe of gov’t contracts with power companies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 4, 2020

Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate

Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to also probe into the power industry and the government contracts with power companies.

“The constant threat of thinning power supply and brownouts in exchange for higher power rates or more onerous power supply agreements have been the bane of consumers for decades,” Zarate said in a statement.

The government continues to resolve the issues of onerous contracts with water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water.

Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares said it is not right for generation companies to pass their losses to consumers.

“May kontrata sila to deliver electricity to the public pero hindi nila naibigay. Kung nasira ang boiler o anumang problema, kargo nila dapat. Huwag nilang ikarga sa aming consumers (They have a contract to deliver electricity to the public but they were not able to provide it. If the boiler broke or if there are any other problems, they should carry that burden, not the customers),” he said.

He added that the Electric Power Industry Reform (EPIRA) should also be amended.

Colmenares said that since 2001, power rates increased by 100% including longer power interruptions, and periodic yellow and red alerts in the power supply.

Meanwhile, Zarate said the monopoly of private generation companies should be stopped.

“A true nationalized comprehensive power plan with the government spearheading construction of its own power plants would not only ensure the power rate remain low but would also guard against power oligarchs again trying to push down onerous deals at the expense of the people,” Zarate said.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Meralco sets power rate hike this December

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

For the third consecutive month, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is set to implement another power rate hike this December due to higher generation charges.

Meralco has announced that power rates will increase by P0.33 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Customers who consume 200 kWh will have to pay additional P61 in their power bill while customers consuming 300 kWh will pay additional P91.

Customers will have to pay additional P122 and P152, respectively, for consuming 400 kWh and 500 kWh.

“Kapag nagkakaroon tayo ng mga sudden outages na nagreresulta sa yellow or red alerts, kapag tiningnan mo iyong historical data, talagang nagkakaroon ng pressure for prices to go up in the market (When we have sudden outages which result in yellow or red alerts and if you look at historical data, there really is a pressure for prices to go up in the market),” Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said.

He added that they are continuing their efforts to restore the power supply in some areas affected by Typhoon Tisoy.

“We have sent a contingent to Bicol to assist ALECO in its postal restoration,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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