November 15, 2018
Panay Electric Company
Panay Electric Company

IlOILO City residents should not fear the possible power blackout should the Panay Electric Co. (PECO) stop its operations.

Iloilo City Councilor Joshua Alim, a critic of PECO’s franchise renewal, urged PECO to cease from making a threat that Iloilo City will experience darkness in case its franchise expires on January 19, 2019.

Earlier, PECO legal counsel Atty. Inocencio Ferrer alleged that Iloilo residents should blame the House and the Senate if the city is plunged into a power blackout.

Alim also opposed PECO’s position that it will not sell its assets to rival MORE Electric and Power Corp. and would explore all legal means to prevent expropriation of its distribution lines and systems by MORE Power.

“No one here in Iloilo City is scared by PECO’s threat because the government through the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) [assured that there would be no power outages],” said Alim.

The ERC is also studying all options available to ensure there would be continuous electricity supply in Iloilo City.

Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava said PECO should not be making a threat about a possible massive blackout.

“We welcome MORE. We do not know any of them, but Iloilo City needs a power distributor utility who can address our concerns,” said Nava.