Upland villagers ask council help on electricity problem

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

MABALACAT CITY -- Residents of Marcos Village are asking the city officials to intercede in their problem with the power service providers in said barangay.

Among the issues raised during a hearing at the City Council on Thursday was the high electricity rate of Padelco, a private firm which was commissioned by the village council through a resolution since February.

The consumers are complaining about the P11.50 per kilowatt hour, which they described as exorbitant.


The residents claimed that the rate should be lowered since the barangay council has awarded the concession to Padelco.

The power firm purchases electricity from Clark Power at an average rate of P9.50 per kilowatt hour, the residents told the city officials.

Another issue is the operation of the power firm sans permit from the city government and other concerned agencies.

Councilor Oscar Aurelio said that Padelco has no legal personality because it has secured necessary permits from the local government.

Jose Dacio, chairman of Marcos Village, said the barangay council was forced to award the power concession to Padelco because the village incurred more than P1 million arrears with the Clark Power when they took over as leaders of the community in December last year.

"Atyu kami keng emergency kanita. Nung e kami manintun mag finance keng utang mi maputut ke ngan sulu," Dacio said.

The village chairman vowed to relay the residents' sentiments to the Padelco owner. He said that barangay council can terminate the contract with the power firm if it violates provisions in the memorandum of understanding.

Vice Mayor Christian Halili advised the barangay leaders to consider the requests of the residents and include valid inputs into the MOA.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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