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Samar Vice Gov supports move to register SAMELCO with CDA

By Eli C. Dalumpines

Tacloban City (18 October) -- Samar Vice Governor Jesus B. Redaja said the move of electric consumers to push for the registration of the Samar Electric Cooperative II (SAMELCO II) with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is proper.

In a recent power forum conducted by the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms (NASECORE), Redaja expressed his commitment to support such move saying it is already time for power consumers to reap the benefits of being members of a real electric cooperative.

Redaja lauded NASECORE for holding such forum since only very few from among the several thousand members of SAMELCO II understood issues affecting the power industry.

According to the Vice Governor, issues affecting the industry should be explained carefully so that power consumers will be oriented as to what there rights and responsibilities are.

The Vice Governor admitted that even he himself didnít know much about the power industry issues except that of paying his bills so that he commended Board Member Arcadio Quijano, Chairman of Power and Electricity of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, for initiating the move.

To recall, power consumers here aired their complaints about high electricity rates despite the provinceís proximity with the power source, not to mention the fact that the supply of electricity to the Luzon grid traverses Samar from the south.

Meanwhile, Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) Acting Chairman Atty. Francis Juan stressed that they encouraged competition in the power industry to ensure lower power rates but informed that no new players came out to participate.

Atty. Juan clarified that ERCís primary concern is to regulate the power rates. He explained though that power rates vary depending on the classification of the consumers. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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