Critics press fight vs Panay Electric Company

November 19, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

Iloilo consumers ask Duterte, Congress to deny PECO’s franchise.

SOME residents of Iloilo City have appealed to President Rodrigo  “Rody” Duterte, the Senate, and the House of Representatives to deny  the application for legislative franchise renewal of the Panay Electric Company (PECO).

Hazel Fernandez, a ship captain and resident of Jaro in Iloilo City, underscored the importance for reforms to take place in the electric service of Iloilo City.

PECO’s franchise is set to expire on January 18, 2019 and its application for renewal is still pending before the House Committee on Legislative Franchises.

The residents are prepared to have a dialogue with lawmakers and President Duterte to discuss their concerns that were earlier sent to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), including the alleged overcharging that PECO vehemently denied.

“Handa kaming makipag-dayalogo para maiparating ang aming hinaing,” said Fernandez who also complained about the alleged absence of PECO’s complaint desk.

Mildred Jaromahum, a retired Iloilo teacher from Barangay Sinikway in Iloilo City, expressed confidence that their concerns will be addressed as soon as possible.

Based on Jaromahum’s letter submitted to the Senate by Iloilo City Councilor Joseph Alim, she complained about her alleged unusual monthly electric bill.

Hernandez also urged President Duterte to send his representatives or ERC officials to Iloilo City to hear their concerns.

“Mahal na Pangulo, sana po ay wakasan n’yo na ang aming pagtitiis at tingnan ang basehan ng aming mga reklamo. Hinahangad namin na maging  maayos ang serbisyo ng kuryente,” said Hernandez.

During an Aksyon Radyo interview in Iloilo, Sen. Grace Poe said the concerns of PECO consumers will be prioritized, assuring them that they would work for better electricity service in Iloilo City.