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PIA Press Release
2008/11/20

Davao Light empowers visually-impaired; signs agreement on electric bills in Braille

Davao City (20 November) -- Davao Light & Power Co. a member of the Aboitiz Power Group is introducing yet again one of its innovative approaches in addressing concerns of consumers in doing their regular transactions with the company.

On Monday, November 17, Davao Light signed with the Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI), a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that will empower the visually-impaired sector of its over 250 thousand customers, to personally read their own electric bill instead of requesting others with normal eye sight to read it for them. The MoA signing formalizes the launching on the same day of the special innovative service which is in form of electric bills done in Braille.

Davao Light partnered with RBI in implementing the bills in Braille project to ensure that the company is linked up with the right customers and informed of their exact number. RBI is a non-profit organization devoted to removing the obstacles that prevent the visually-impaired Filipinos from reaching their full potential.

According to the agreement RBI, as the project partner, will provide Davao Light with a list of visually-challenged customers and updates the same from time-to-time. Also, RBI shall do the printing and distribution of the bills in Braille for the electric utility to customers included in the list of the former.

Davao Light, on the other hand, shall shoulder all expenses that may be incurred in the printing and delivery of the bills in Braille.

Manuel M. Orig, Executive Vice President of Davao Light, said the specially printed electric bill shall be attached to the regular monthly bill. However, the bill in Braille shall only contain details as status of the bill, name and address of bill recipient, amount to be paid, due date, and the usual notes, among others.

On the other hand, Arminia O. Mojica, RBI Branch Director for Davao, said her group is very happy of the concern shown by Davao Light and its officials for the visually-challenged sector of its customers. (PIA) [top]

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