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Hontiveros calls to lower electricity charges
File photo shows Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal, file

Hontiveros calls to lower electricity charges

Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - January 18, 2021 - 12:33pm

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story in Philstar.com's Entertainment section erroneously reported that Sen. Risa Hontiveros made the call to the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission following a report that actor-turned-politician Jomari Yllana was called out by his former partner for unpaid electricity bills. 

Hontiveros is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and was talking about electricity bills in general. She made no reference to Yllana.
 

This has been corrected and we have taken steps against similar mistakes. We apologize for the error.

 

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros called on the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to look for Meralco’s “potentially onerous surcharges” that cause higher power rates in the Philippines, the second highest in Asia, said the solon.

In her Facebook account, Hontiveros said that while she welcomes Meralco’s relaxed disconnection policy this pandemic, the real problem is the higher electricity bill because of surcharges.

 

I welcome Meralco’s relaxed disconnection policy for unpaid consumers. Pero ang tunay na problema ay ang mataas pa ring...

Posted by Senator Risa Hontiveros on Sunday, January 17, 2021

 

“I welcome Meralco’s relaxed disconnection policy for unpaid consumers. Pero ang tunay na problema ay ang mataas pa ring singil sa kuryente dahil sa mga ‘surcharges’ na ipinapasa sa consumers. Isa na rito ang 15% weighted average cost of capital na halos doble sa 8% average global standard,” she said.  

“Kaya hinihimok ko ang Department of Energy at Energy Regulatory Commission na tingnan ang ‘potentially onerous surcharges’ gaya nito,” she added.

The senator said that government agencies in the power sector should work together for Filipinos to enjoy lower electricity bill.

“Panawagan din sa mga power supplier at sa National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. Perhaps they should share a bigger part of the burden since they continue to enjoy higher return on investment and remain profitable even during the pandemic,” she said.

“Dapat na magtulungan ang pamahalaan at ang buong energy sector para mas maging abot-kaya ang singil sa kuryente. Sa panahong ito, unahin natin ang kapakanan ng pamilyang Pilipino."

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