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Who are eligible to get free electricity from March to April?

By VIANCA GAMBOA

Apart from a 30-day moratorium for extension of payment of bills, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Diseases announces Pantawid Liwanag subsidy program that aids in electricity needs of underprivileged families in the country during the lockdown. A segment of the program provides a temporary waiver of electricity bill for March and April and will resume regular payment in May.

The “lifeline consumers” or households consuming below 50 kilowatt-hours for a month are entitled to free electricity for this billing period. To give you an idea, a basic utility like an electric fan uses an approximate 30 kilowatt-hours for one month according to Meralco.

In a televised press briefing, IATF spokesperson and Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles says, “Sa mga kababayan nating komukonsumo ng mas mababa sa 50 kilowatt-hourso yung mga tinatawag na ‘lifeline consumers’ng mga electric cooperative dito sa Luzon, maging sa Visayas at Mindanao, libre na po ang inyong konsumo sa loob ng March to April, (to citizens who consume below 50 kilowatt-hours of energy over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao won’t be charged from March to April.” This is also in coordination with power firm Meralco adjusting regular calculation of electricity charges and delaying ongoing projects to augment financial resources.

According to Sec. Nograles, the program focuses on almost three million low-income families, especially those on the poverty threshold gravely affected by the enhanced community quarantine measure. This assistance is just one of the proposed directives that promise to tide everyone over the course of the crisis while the government, LGUs, and frontliners are trying to make ends meet in the medical field.

In light of this, the Department of Energy through Sec. Nograles assures stable power supply to avoid power interruptions and inconveniences under ECQ, stating that “the available capacity of 11,795 megawatts in Luzon alone is greater than the actual peak demand of 7,323 megawatts.”



Source: Manila Bulletin ( https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/16/who-are-eligible-to-get-free-electricity-from-march-to-april/)

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