By Ben Rosario
Two lawmakers called on all power distributors to contribute to the government’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring better service to consumers.
Reps. Presley De Jesus (Philreca Partylist) and Sergio Dagooc (Apec Partylist) stressed that good power supply service will play a huge role in ensuring the success of the Balik Probinsya program of the government.
Reacting to the appeal of the two solons, Ruel Castro, President and COO of More Electric Power Corporation (MORE Power) disclosed that the firm recently spent P1.8 billion to rehabilitate and upgrade Iloilo City’s power distribution system as part of its program to improve electricity supply, lower the monthly bill paid by consumers and improve the capacity to handle bigger demand from consumers and industries in the coming years.
According to him, Iloilo City has seen a vast improvement of its power service reliability following the upgrade of 51 distribution transformers, replacement of 51 broken poles and the repair of 97 hotspot connectors by its new utility service
Castro made the report in response to the concerns raised by the Power Bloc during the recently-held Joint Congressional Energy Commission meeting.
Castro said MORE Power has taken steps to lower the monthly bills of its customers by cutting down systems losses which reached 9.03 in 2019, as regular customers pay 6.5 percent of such losses.
The MORE Power executive said technical experts have advised MORE Power that a high systems loss of 9.03% could mean there are 20,000 illegal connections in Iloilo City that remain untraced.
He noted that the firm inherited all of the distribution facilities of Panay Electric Co. (PECO) after it took over the distribution system as the new congressional franchise owner.