Protection for Iloilo electricity users pushed

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — As the bat­tle between two power distrib­uting firms continues in court, a group made of different sec­tors is calling for the protection of consumers in this city.

The group, I-Konsumidor, submitted a petition to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for intervention.

A lineman sits on an electrical post at Baseco Compound on Jan. 3, 2019. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE)
(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

MORE Electric and Pow­er Corp. is locked in a legal battle with Panay Electric Co. (PECO) over the right to sup­ply the city with electricity.

More Power has been grant­ed a franchise as Iloilo’s new power distributor, but PECO, the current distributor, is con­testing the franchise in court.

It has filed an injunction to stop MORE Power from taking over its facilities.

“We want to ensure con­sumers are protected not only from PECO and MORE Power, but from other players using consumers to hide their busi­ness agenda,” noted Ted Ald­win Ong of Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC-Iloilo), one of the groups behind I-Konsumi­dor that also consists of infor­mal labor sector, urban poor, women, and the youth.

FDC-Iloilo and lawyer Ro­meo Gerochi were credited to have prompted a 2009 ERC decision ordering PECO to re­fund its consumers P631 mil­lion, which has not yet been completed.

PECO has assured it will pay the refund this year in full.

 
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