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Olongapo City, Zambales — Aside from being saddled with a P4.6-billion power debt, this city is facing the prospects of higher electricity bills, more power interruptions and a cut-down in street lights that will likely affect peace and order and over-all progress.

These problems arising from the city’s power woes cropped up during a recent forum attended by officials of the Olongapo Electricity Power Distribution Company, Inc. (OEDC), Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr., and some 150 barangay officials at the Olongapo City Convention Center, here.

“The street lights will be billed against the barangays. Maki-usap na kayo sa mga residente na i-charge sa kanila ang street lights,” said Public Utilities Department (PUD) General Manager Louie Lopez, addressing barangay officials.

Gordon stated that all the barangays do not pay their electricity bills, a claim which Sta. Rita Barangay Captain Jerome Bacay refuted.

“Lahat ng bill binayaran ko. In fact, ka-pipirma ko lang ulit ng cheke kanina (I’ve paid all the bills. In fact, I just signed another check-payment a while ago),” said Bacay.

But New Kalalake Barangay Captain Randy Sionzon reiterated that billing street lights should be shouldered by the local government since the streets are part of the city’s responsibility.

Lopez said that the city government already “pays for the street lights of the main avenues and roads. Once OEDC takes over, it was agreed that the street lights of the side streets will be billed to the barangays.”

Reference:

Reyes, J. (2013 June 14). Olongapo Power Woes Building Up. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from http://mb.com.ph/News/Provincial_News/17050/Olongapo_power_woes_building_up