DOE, Meralco partnership brings power to marginalized households

by Lenie LecturaAugust 25, 2016

from Business Mirror

The partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to provide immediate electrification to remote areas has gained ground, with thousands of households now enjoying the benefit of reliable electricity service.

From July 8 to present, the DOE-Meralco tie-up has electrified a total of 5,263 households in Gaya-Gaya, San Jose del Monte, and other municipalities in Bulacan and Laguna; some parts of Rizal; and Happy Land Aroma, Baseco Compound, Isla Puting Bato and Parola in Tondo, Manila.

Meralco and the DOE recently met to discuss, among others, right-of-way, various ongoing construction works, peace and order, and other barriers that hamper plans to energize the marginalized sector, including the target communities identified by the DOE.

In the same meeting, both vowed to help people living below the poverty line to have access to electricity.

At the same time, the DOE reminded indigent families to secure legal electrical connections to reduce the risk of fire hazards.

The unlawful use of electricity is prohibited under Republic Act 7832, otherwise known as the Anti-Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Electric Transmission lines/Materials Act of 1994. Among the prohibited acts include wire-tapping, tampering, installing or using tampered electrical meter, jumper, current-reversing transformer, shorting or shunting wire, loop connection or any attempt to destroy any accessory of the metering device box, which encases an electric meter or its metering accessories.

The Magna Carta for Residential Consumers also disallows consumers from performing acts related to the pilferage of electricity. The code reinforces the Anti-Pilferage Act by reiterating the circumstances that constitute prima facie evidence of the illegal use of electricity.

These policies serve as the DOE’s guidelines to safeguard the welfare of the consumers against any untoward incidents, such as fire that may have been triggered by faulty electrical wiring, destroying properties and even resulting in loss of lives.

The DOE remains committed to fulfill its household electrification program, especially benefiting those living in economically depressed communities by providing them legal, secure, safe and stable supply of electricity.