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SURSECO II implements electricity subsidy of PGMA

by Aguinaldo L. Jaluag

Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (24 November) -- SURSECO II is now implementing the Electricity Subsidy Program of Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo since last month of October, 2008.

This program "Pantawid Kuryente", Katas ng VAT aims to help residential consumers to pay their electricity bill due to the continuing price increases of basic commodities and petroleum products that we are experiencing, especially on the second quarter of this year.

The funds for this program is said to be funded from Oil VAT Collections of our government.

There were more than 33,000 Residential Consumers of SURSECO II who are entitled to enjoy this program. The coop had 28, 355 consumer who were already enjoying the subsidy. They were non-BAPAs residential consumers and for this month of November, the BAPAs or Barangay Power Association consumers will be started to enjoy the subsidy.

It was happened that BAPAs were not able to implement last month because their Officials, specially, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for Finance were not able to inform and oriented by the coop personnel on how to implement the program.

Many consumers of our coop are now murmuring why that others were not able to enjoy the subsidy specifically the non-residential consumers that legally, they are also a member consumers? Why is it that only residential consumers may avail the program? The management of SURSECO II is only implementing of what was written in the Guidelines for the implementation of this Electricity Subsidy.

In fact, as far as the guidelines is concerned that only residential consumers with an electricity consumption of between 1 KWH 100 KWH are entitled to enjoy the subsidy.

For those consumers who were not able to meet the guidelines will not be able to enjoy the subsidy.

To reiterate, the subsidy is only for the residential consumers who are consuming from 1 kwh to 100 kwh on the May, 2008 billing. If you do not meet the requirements, meaning, you are not entitled for the subsidy.

This electricity subsidy is a one-time program. The coop is reflected the amount of P500 to the Account of qualified member consumers. Starting last month of October, the amount was started to be deducted from the present billing until the amount (P500) will be fully utilized.

Although, they were some member consumers of the coop who are dismayed in the sense that they were not able to avail the subsidy, but, the 33,000 plus residential consumers were very thankful to the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for initiating this electricity subsidy, according to some consumers that I've interviewed.

Furthermore, they are hoping that there will be another electricity subsidy after this. (SURSECO II / PIA-Surigao del Sur) [top]

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