Meralco on general alert during elections

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   1377

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in on general alert during elections on Monday (May 13) in case there will be a power outage.

Despite assurance there will be no power outages during elections, Meralco has prepared 150 generator sets in various franchise office.

They also prepared 300 flood flights which can be used in polling precincts in case of power interruption. 300 Meralco linemen will also make rounds in various areas to fix electricity lines, posts, and transformers.

“Itong Lunes nasa status kami ng general alert (On Monday, we will be on general alert) and those in the field will be ready to respond in any given situation,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.

Meralco also reminds personnel manning the polling precincts to make sure all electrical wiring is in good condition and avoid octopus wiring which is one of the main cause of brownout.

Avoid using appliances that consumes too much electricity to avoid overloading.

In case of brownout or electricity emergencies, contact Meralco through their social media or call 1622-8118. They can also message Meralco.

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Meralco will make sure there is enough power supply in canvassing centers.(with reports from Joan Nano)

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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Think tank warns of power shortage, rate increases in the coming months

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Power rates are seen to shoot up in the coming months along with a series of power interruptions, according to the group Infrawatch PH.

It’s because the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has not approved all six new power supply agreements which Meralco is eyeing to source its supply from.

According to former congressman now Infrawatch PH Convenor Terry Riddon, ERC should have decided on the agreement as early as November 22.

But until now, the agreements have not yet been finalized even as Meralco’s power supply agreement (PSA) are set to expire on December 26.

This would likely result in power shortage and power rate increase in the coming months, according to Riddon.

“Natatakot po tayo na pagka nag-lapse po yung mga kontrata ng ilan pong tinatawag na PSAs ay kukuha po tayo ng kuryente sa spot market (It worries us that once the PSAs expire, we will need to source our electricity from the spot market),” he explained.

“Siyempre alam naman po natin kapag hindi contracted price may tendency na sumipa yung presyo ng kuryente (And as we all know, contracted price could result in power rate hikes),” he added.

But ERC denied stalling the new PSA as they received the applications only in October 22 this year.

Under the law, ERC has at least 75 days to issue a provisional authority on such type of agreements.

“Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling yung notion na nagkakaroon ng delay, (I don’t know from where that notion of a delay came from),” defended ERC Spokesperson Florinda Digal.

“Kapag file ng application sine-set namin for hearing, so may aksyon na kami. I think hindi lang naipaliwanag sa kanila na may proseso kasi bawat application na pina-file dito sa amin and gumagalaw yung application in accordance with the procedure,” she explained further.

(Once the application is filed, we set the hearing right away, so there’s action. I think, it was not explained to them properly that there is a process to follow and that the application is working in accordance with the procedure.)

The ERC maintained that it will not allow any delays in contracts that could result in shortage of power supply and high electricity prices that would inconvenience consumers.

“This is what we want to assure the public whenever we receive applications tinitignan din namin kung ano yung magiging epekto nito at syempre hindi kami papayag na magkaroon ng deficiency sa supply just because something is pending with us,” Digal said.

(This is what we want to assure the public whenever we receive applications. We look at their effects and of course, we do not allow deficiencies in the supply just because something is pending with us.)

Meanwhile, Meralco vows to cooperate with the government in order to minimize the impact on the consumers.

“We are committed to work with the government in ensuring that we obtain the least cost for consumers,” Meralco’s spokesperson Joe Zaldarriga assured. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

Meralco announces power interruption in several areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has announced they will implement power interruptions in several areas in Metro Manila and other provinces.

Power interruption will be experienced from November 26-December 1 in these areas:

  • Tondo, Manila
  • Ermita, Manila
  • Malate, Manila
  • Marikina City
  • Pasig City
  • Quezon City
  • San Juan City
  • Tagaytay City
  • Trece Martires
  • Dasmariñas City
  • Imus City
  • San Pedro City, Laguna
  • Quezon Province

According to Meralco, they will conduct maintenance in their facilities including line reconductoring works, and replacement of poles.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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