Meralco assures no power outages during elections

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2019   •   1551

During a press briefing on Friday (April 12), Manila Electric Company (Meralco) assured that there will be no power outages during the May elections.

Company spokesman Jose Zaldarriaga said they already have contingency measures including forming a task force to make sure the elections this coming May will run smoothly.

“Contingency measures are in place to make sure uninterrupted elections,” he said.

They will also dispatch mobile generator sets to critical areas that might be affected by the power outages.

“Kasama diyan ang pag-dispacth ng mga (These include dispatching) mobile gen sets in areas we deem as critical to ensure that there will be no power outages in the precinct and the canvassing centers,” he said.

On Thursday, Senate energy committee chairman Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian raised concerns over possible power outages during election day.—Aileen Cerrudo

LIST: Meralco announces power maintenance schedule in parts of Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has released its power maintenance schedule in parts of Luzon.

Here are some of the schedules posted by Meralco:

MANILA (TONDO)

AUGUST 19 – 20, 2019, MONDAY TO TUESDAY

Between 11:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. (MON., 08/19/19) and then between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. (TUE., 08/20/19)

Portion of Juan Luna St. from Honorio Lopez Blvd. to Old Torres St. including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Raxa Bago, Trinidad, V. Serrano, Lakandula, M. Guizon and Laong Nasa Sts.

Portion of Honorio Lopez Blvd. from Juan Luna St. to Ramon Fernandez St. including Philippine Paper Mills Incorporated.

Portion of Guidote St. from Rodriguez St. to near Buendia St. in Balut.

Portion of Rodriguez St. from Beltran St. to Salonga St. in Balut.

Between 11:30 p.m. (MON., 08/19/19) and 5:30 a.m. (TUE., 08/20/19)

Portion of Juan Luna St. from Honorio Lopez Blvd. in Gagalangin to Solis St. including Kagandahan, J. Planas, Dagupan and Dagupan Ext. Sts.; Evergreen Cereal Inc. and Lakan Dula High School.Portion of Cavite St. from Juan Luna St. to Lukban St. in Gagalangin.

REASON: Line reconductoring works and replacement of poles along Juan Luna St. in Tondo, Manila.

AUGUST 21, 2019, WEDNESDAY

Between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Portion of Dagupan Ext. St. from Yuseco St. to Tayuman St.

Portion of Tayuman St. from Dagupan Ext. St. to and including Antonio Rivera St.; PLDT – Tayuman and Manila Cathedral School.

REASON: Line reconstruction works and replacement of pole along Philippine National Railways (PNR) Rail Road Track and Dagupan Ext. St. in Tondo, Manila.

AUGUST 21, 2019, WEDNESDAY

Between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Portion of Dagupan Ext. St. from Yuseco St. to Tayuman St.Portion of Tayuman St. from Dagupan Ext. St. to and including Antonio Rivera St.; PLDT – Tayuman and Manila Cathedral School.

REASON: Line reconstruction works and replacement of pole along Philippine National Railways (PNR) Rail Road Track and Dagupan Ext. St. in Tondo, Manila.

MAKATI CITY

AUGUST 22, 2019, THURSDAY

Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Portion of Atty. Jose D. Villena St. from near Palma St. to Manalac St. including Albert, Don Pedro and Osias Sts. in Bgy. Poblacion.

REASON: Installation of facilities along Atty. Jose D. Villena and Manalac Sts. In Bgy. Poblacion, Makati City.

MANILA (STA. CRUZ, TONDO AND BINONDO)

AUGUST 25, 2019, SUNDAY

Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and then between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Portion of Bambang St. from near Dizon St. to Rizal Ave. including Alegre St. in Tondo.

Portion of Ipil St. from Bambang St. to Dizon St. in Tondo.

Portion of Severino Reyes St. from Alvarez Ext. St. to Mayhaligue St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Tomas Mapua St. from Alvarez Ext. St. to near Mayhaligue St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Makata St. from Mayhaligue St. to near E. Remigio St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Anacleto St. from Mayhaligue St. to near Valeriano Fugoso St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Anacleto St. from Bambang St. to near Alvarez Ext. St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Alvarez Ext. St. from near Ipil St. to Anacleto St. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion E. Remigio St. from Tomas Mapua St. to Rizal Ave. in Sta. Cruz.

Portion of Mayhaligue St. from Severino Reyes St. to Rizal Ave. in Sta. Cruz.

Between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Portion of Masangkay St. from near Bambang St. to La Torre St. including Episcopal Diocese Central Philippines, St. Stephen High School and United Doctors Services Corp. in Tondo; McDonald’s Restaurant and St. Stephen Parish Church in Binondo.

Portion of Mayhaligue St. from Masangkay St. to near Fermin Tubera St. in Tondo.

REASON: Replacement of rotten pole along Masangkay St. corner Mayhaligue St. in Tondo, Manila.

To check all power maintenance schedule, visit Meralco’s Facebook page or their website.—AAC

ERC orders Meralco to refund P1.08-B to customers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ordered the refund of P1.08 billion to its customers following miscalculations in the net settlement surplus (NSS) allocations from June 2018 to May 2019.

In an order released on August 1, the ERC asked the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) to make the necessary adjustments to the NSS allocations.

Meralco clarified, however, that they function only as power distributor from the supply they get from the spot market operated by PEMC and that they do not collect excess charges.

Aside from this, the ERC also ordered the PEMC to refund the P321.36 million to consumers covered by other distribution utilities, electric cooperatives and their customers.

The ERC expects the PEMC to immediately effect the refund not later than the July 2019 billing period.

Meralco power rates go down in August

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will implement another power rate cut this August. This is the fourth power rate cut since May.

Power rates will drop by P0.42 per kilowatt-hour (KWH).

If a consumer consumed 200-kilowatt hours in a month, a total of P85 will be cut from their power bill.

Power rate cuts:

  • 200KWH     P 83.00
  • 300KWH     P 125.00
  • 400KWH     P 167.00
  • 500KWH     P 209.00

According to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga the power rate cut is due to lower generation price.

“Ang dahilan ay iyong pagbaba sa supply na nangagaling sa o binibili natin mula sa wholesale electricity spot market (The reason is due to low power prices from the wholesale electricity sport market), primarily because of improved supply conditions,” he said.

Zaldarriaga also said these cuts might still continue until September if there is enough power supply in power plants.

Since May, around P1 per KWH power rate cut has been implemented by Meralco.

“Sakali mang magkaroon ng adjustment hindi na masyadong magiging abrupt (If there will be adjustments it would not be abrupt). If the trend in the spot market continues and the supply continues to be more than adequate then asahan natin prices could be flatish (expect the prices could be flat),” according to Zaldarriaga.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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