Sixty-eight households in Tabing-Ilog, Barangay Rosario in Pasig City now have legal power connections after 30 years of experiencing unstable electricity through the efforts of the Pasig City local government and the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto attended on Friday, Feb. 11, the lighting ceremony with Congressman Roman Romulo, Councilor Corazon “Corie” Raymundo, vice mayoral aspirant Robert “Dodot” Jaworski Jr., and Barangay Councilor Analyn Santos of Barangay Rosario, among others.
“Lahat po tayo ay nag-aambag para mas maging maliwanag ang ating kinabukasan (We are all contributing to create a brighter future for our city),” Sotto remarked.
Around P1.4 million was allotted for the project, which enabled the residents of the area to acquire their own meter installations at a cheaper price, paying only P758.
Throughout the 30 years, some residents said they resorted to using illegal power connections such as jumpers and submeters that are hazardous and prone to electric incidents like overloading and outages.
The local government cooperated with Meralco to process the residents’ papers and requirements and facilitate proper and legal applications.
They also aided residents in settling loans and paying penalties.
Sotto said they have resolved similar electricity issues in areas in Barangays Palatiw and Maybunga.
He surmised that prolonged issues such as this may be the result of the previous government’s neglect or lack of governance.
Sotto assured the people that the city government will do its part in alleviating these problems in the city, offering better and more efficient services in cooperation with the communities and institutions involved.
“Iyan po ang serbisyong pilit nating pinaglalaban…Kung nagawa na po natin ang mga ito sa panahon ng pandemya, sigurado po, pagkatapos ng pandemya, muli po mas mahihigitan pa natin ang serbisyo para sa ating pamahalaan (This is the kind of service that we are fighting for…If we’ve done all of these projects during the pandemic, we will surely do more and enhance the services of our city government after the pandemic),” Sotto added. (Khriscielle Yalao)