The Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) has issued its guidelines on the payment of March and April electricity bills, which it said was prompted by a directive from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
In a public advisory released Monday, the electric cooperative said that based on the directive of the ERC, power consumption for households for March will be based on the average billing of the past six months or from September 2019 to February 2020.
The consumption for April, on the other hand, will be based on the result of the average billing with 30 percent added on top.
“Ang buwan ng Marso ay ibabase sa average billing ng nakalipas na anim (6) na buwan mula Setyembre 2019 hanggang Pebrero 2020. Samantala, ang buwan ng Abril ay base sa resulta ng average billing na may dagdag na 30 porsyento nito,” the PALECO advisory said.
In addition, the power coop said the billings will be divided into four months and will be added to household consumptions for the months of May to August 2020.
PALECO said the mode of billing payment was adopted because their employees also had to follow the quarantine guidelines on physical distancing.
“Ito ay dahil ang ating mga kawani ay sumailalim rin sa ipinatupad na enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Hangarin rin nitong pagaanin ang pagbabayad ng mga konsumidores ng kanilang buwanang obligasyon,” it further claimed.
On April 15, ERC said in an advisory that the cumulative amount of electricity bill that was supposed to have fallen due within the ECQ shall be amortized in four equal monthly installments, payable in the four succeeding billing months following the end of the ECQ which will start from May to August.
“This shall be reflected as a separate item in the electricity bill due on those succeeding months, provided that the first billing due date following the ECQ shall be no earlier than May 15, 2020,” ERC stated.
In an attempt to further explain the formula of the billing computation of PALECO, Palawan News tried to reach out Tuesday to board chairman Jeffrey Tan-Endriga to no avail.
The power cooperative’s information officer, Claire Guludah, on the other hand, advised through a text message to wait for the sample computation that PALECO will release.
Starting on May 5, the collection for bill payments at the PALECO main office will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
To avoid long queue in settling bill payments, the electric cooperative said member-consumers may pay at accredited collection partners of PALECO such as Palawan Pawnshop, MLhuillier, SM Bayad Center, AUB, RCBC, Chinabank, Unionbank of the Phils., FCB, PNB, Bayad Center Mobile, GCash, True Money, Coin, and Robinsons Bayad Center.