Meralco appeals discount order for lifeline customers
Meralco also paid the P19-million fine imposed by the ERC for failure to comply with billing advisories covering the lockdown period from March to July due to the pandemic.
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Meralco appeals discount order for lifeline customers
Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) yesterday filed a motion for partial reconsideration with respect to a directive from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to provide a retail rate discount to lifeline customers.

The lifeline rate is a discounted rate given to low-income households that cannot afford to pay at full cost.

Meralco also paid the P19-million fine imposed by the ERC for failure to comply with billing advisories covering the lockdown period from March to July due to the pandemic.

The fine was imposed for Meralco’s failure to indicate that bills were estimated. It also did not comply with the mandated staggered payment scheme on time, the ERC said in its decision dated Aug. 20.

“Pending the resolution of the motion for partial reconsideration, Meralco will implement the retail rate discount in its October 2020 billing,” it said.

Apart from the P19 million fine, the ERC also directed Meralco to set to zero the distribution, supply, and metering (DSM) charges of lifeline consumers whose monthly energy consumption does not exceed 100 kWh for one month billing cycle effective in the next billing cycle immediately upon receipt of the ERC decision.

“The said retail rate discount will provide temporary economic relief to more than two million lifeline consumers and their family members at least for a month,” the ERC said earlier.

It added that the DSM comprised 22.4 percent of the total retail rate. The total discount to be provided to all lifeline consumers is estimated to be around over P200 million

“The cost of the discount shall not be charged to the non-lifeline consumers,”the ERC said.

Based on a decision by the ERC issued on Aug 20, the commission said among the violations committed by Meralco include the failure to clearly indicate that the bills were estimated and the failure to comply with the mandated installment payment arrangement.

“Meralco’s neglect to provide accurate and timely information especially during this time of pandemic has created chaos and confusion to most of the electricity consuming public,” ERC chairperson and chief executive officer Agnes Devanadera said earlier.

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