More power supply players!

QUEZON City Rep. Winston Castelo urged the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to take 
appropriate action  to curb the monopoly on power supply in the country. 

According to Castelo, who represents the city’s second district in Congress, it is within 
PCC’s authority to advance the consumers’ interest, including those who utilize electricity, and 
stop the corrupt practices of those who are in the energy sector.
     
Castelo stressed if the government allowed the entry of a third telecommunication party in 
the country to improve its service to the public, then why can’t the same thing be done in the 
energy sector.

“Kung sinasabi nilang mas gaganda ang serbisyo sa mga customer kapag nagkaroon ng third 
party  sa telcos, dapat ay gawin din nila ito sa energy sector. Putulin nila ang monopoly ng Meralco 
para hindi magkaroon ng manipulasyon sa presyo ng kuryente,” said Castelo.
     
““Huwag pag-initan ng gobyerno ang mga telco. Nandiyan din ang monopoly sa supply ng 
kuryente na nagiging dahilan ng pagpapataw ng sobra-sobra o hindi makatuwirang power rate,” the 
congressman added. 
     
Castelo made the reaction following the recent announcement of the Manila Electric Company 
(Meralco) of an increase in electricity rates this February and the following month, which means 
added cost and burden to the public. 
     
Meralco announced it would implement a 75 centavo hike in its rate this month, and an 
additional 33 centavos in March or a total of P1.08 per kilowatt hour (kWh) increase.
     
Castelo is also urging the PCC to look into the alleged collusion between Meralco and the 
different power generation companies to manipulate the price of electricity.
     
It can be recalled last April 2016 Meralco submitted the seven Power Supply Agreements 
before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for a total of 3,551 megawatt supply of electricity to 
seven gencos.
     
But the said power companies and Meralco are reportedly connected to each other since the 
latter either owns shares or serve as partners of the latter.      
 
“Biruin mo itong Meralco ay bibili ng kuryente sa generation company na siya rin 
pala ang may-ari o kasosyo. Kaya we are asking the PCC to look into the ownership of 
these gencos at alamin kung may pagmamay-ari ba ng Meralco d’yan,” said Castelo.

Reference:

PJ (February 12, 2018).  More power supply players!. Journal Online. Retrieved from  https://www.doe.gov.ph/node/add/energist-articles

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