Gatchalian: Meralco should be held liable over bill shock of power consumers
MANILA – Senate Committee on Energy chair Sherwin Gatchalian has implored the Energy Regulatory Commission to penalize Manny Pangilinan’s Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for “non-compliance” with the agency’s directives, which eventually resulted in the bill shock of many power consumers.

Gatchalian: Meralco should be held liable over bill shock of power consumers

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

MANILA – Senate Committee on Energy chair Sherwin Gatchalian has implored the Energy Regulatory Commission to penalize Manny Pangilinan’s Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for “non-compliance” with the agency’s directives, which eventually resulted in the bill shock of many power consumers.

According to Gatchalian, Meralco and other power distribution firms must be penalized following their failure to comply with its advisories and directives aimed at alleviating the financial difficulties of Filipino power consumers given the recent Luzon lockdown.

“The advisories are there to help our constituents. But if the utilities don’t follow these advisories, then that spirit of assistance will be futile,” said Gatchalian.

Gatchalian complained about his own billing statement for the month of May, pointing out that Meralco failed to explain that the adjustments had already been made when he was billed with P23,000 for his accumulated electricity consumption from March to May.

The violations that Pangilinan-controlled firm committed include failure to clearly indicate the word “estimate” on the bill, failure to provide line item for monthly installment, and the collection of the Universal Charges- Environmental Charges (UC-EC) and the Feed-in-Tariff Allowance (FIT-ALL) during the period specified in ERC advisories, according to the senator.

Gatchalian has called out ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera over the actions that the commission has taken to hold Pangilinan’s Meralco “accountable.”

“What action or steps have you taken to penalize those who don’t follow your advisories and to help our consumers get refunds?” Gatchalian asked during Monday’s hearing.

Gatchalian stressed that his committee received at least 204 complaints from 179 complainants—176 are complaints against Meralco and three are against the electric cooperatives.

“Marami ang hindi sumusunod sa advisory ng ERC. I would like to encourage the ERC and take a proactive role in looking at the compliance. Marami kaming nakukuhang problema na hindi sumusunod sa advisories,” said Gatchalian.

Citing a report from the ERC, Gatchalian said that at least six distribution utilities have been found to be in violation of the ERC advisories.

These erring distribution utilities are Olongapo Electricity Distribution Company (OECD); Misamis Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO II); Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO II); Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO); Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (IIoilo III); and Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BATELEC II).

“Ako ay talagang dismayado sa mga power utilities dahil dapat sila ay tumutulong sa mga power consumers subalit patuloy pa ring nangongolekta ng hindi tama. Dapat silang panagutin kung hindi sila mag-comply,” he said.

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