Neighboring town wants Iloilo City power utility

Published September 3, 2021, 10:24 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The town of Pavia in Iloilo province wants to avail the low electricity rate offered by MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power), the Razon-owned power utility that operates in Iloilo City.

“We should start looking into the possibility that Pavia can be made part of the franchise area of MORE Power. We are adjacent to Iloilo City,” said Pavia Town Councilor Daniel S. Fajardo II.

Consumers of MORE Power enjoyed a drop in electricity rate for July 2021. From the previous rate of Php 10.0149 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), Iloilo City consumers only paid Php 6.4562/kWh.

In comparison, Pavia residents pay an average of Php 10.90/kwh to power distributor Iloilo Electric Cooperative (ILECO I).

“This is a big relief in this time of pandemic. When will the people of Pavia enjoy a cheaper electricity rate?” Fajardo expressed.

It was Fajardo’s privilege speech this week that pushed Councilor Pyt Trimañez to author a resolution urging Iloilo 2nd District Rep. Michael Gorriceta to open Pavia to another power distributor.

“We all know that franchises of power distribution utility are granted by Congress,” Fajardo added.

MORE Power took over Panay Electric Co. (PECO) as Iloilo City’s sole power distributor in 2020 after it secured a 25-year congressional franchise in 2019.

Meanwhile, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the proposal of Pavia Town Council to switch to services of another power utility outside the franchise area must be further studied.