Meralco suspends disconnection activities in MECQ areas until September 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 31, 2021   •   332

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Tuesday announced that it will suspend disconnection activities in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until September 7.

“In light of the government’s announcement on Saturday morning extending the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) placed on the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Lucena City in Quezon from September 1 to 7, 2021, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) will likewise suspend disconnection activities in these areas until September 7, 2021,” Meralco said in an advisory.

The electric company also encouraged its customers to reach out, so they can discuss and help clarify their concerns, and even come up with payment terms, if really needed. It assured that it will remain considerate and will assist customers with their concerns.

Customers may reach out to Meralco through its website at www.MERALCO.com.ph, its official social media accounts and the Meralco hotline at 16211. Customers may also send emails to customercare@meralco.com.ph.

Meanwhile, Meralco also assured that it will continue vital operations such as meter reading, bill delivery, and service crews will continue to work around the clock to serve its customers. AAC

 

LIST: Areas under MECQ, GCQ until Oct. 31

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the placement of several areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the latest risk-level classifications shall take effect beginning October 16 until October 31.

The following areas have been placed under MECQ:

  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Batanes
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Naga City
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte

Meanwhile, the following areas are placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions:

  • Abra
  • Baguio City
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Pangasinan
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • City of Santiago
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Quezon
  • Batangas
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Bohol
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Butuan City
  • Surigao del Sur

Also approved under GCQ are the following areas:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Dagupan City
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Tarlac
  • Lucena City
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Marinduque
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo Province
  • Cebu City
  • Cebu Province
  • Mandaue City
  • Siquijor
  • Tacloban City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Iligan City
  • Davao City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Cotabato City
  • Lanao del Sur

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine, Roque said.

Power rates slightly up in October

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Friday announced a slight increase in power rates for October.

In a statement, Meralco said the overall rate for a typical household inched up by only P0.0283 per kWh. This is equivalent to an increase of only around P6 in the total bill of a residential customer consuming 200 kWh.

The electric company explained that the power rate hike is due to the increase in transmission costs and other charges.

Meanwhile, Meralco reiterated that its disconnection activities remain suspended in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Lucena City in Quezon, which are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), from October 1 to 15. AAC

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Meralco announces at least P21 increase in September bill

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Power distributor Meralco announced on Wednesday (September 15) that electricity rates this month of September have slightly increased due to higher generation charges.

Meralco said this month’s rates will increase by P0.11 per kilowatt-hour.

This is equivalent to a Php 21 increase in the total September bill of the majority of homes consuming 200 kWh.

Meralco made the announcement of the power rate increase despite a previous appeal from the House of Representatives to waive such additional charges as it would add yet another burden to consumers given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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