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Capiz' barangay power association meter readers undergo seminar

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (17 September) -- The Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO) has conducted recently a meter reading seminar to its Barangay Power Association (BAPA) officers and meter readers to enhance the efficiency of participants in their respective area of coverage.

The activity was part of the whole year program designed by the cooperative's BAPA Operations Manager Alberto Alabana.

"About 71 BAPA officers and meter readers from the Panit-an Area Office attended the seminar which covered lectures on familiarization of kilowatt hour (kwh) meters, correct and proper way of reading a kwh meter, and other inputs that will help reduce system loss in the BAPA daily operation," said CAPELCO Public Information Officer Kenneth Tipon.

The CAPELCO has also conducted an accuracy test to its 56 meter readers assigned in different area offices of the cooperative to further enhance the delivery of services to member-consumers in the province.

"This is the first time after 30 years of operation that the meter readers were rated through an accuracy examination," said CAPELCO General Manager Engineer Edgar Diaz, who administered the examination.

Earlier, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Angelo Reyes said the DOE has been directed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to find ways and means to cut electricity costs, noting that the Philippines has one of the highest powers rates in the region.

"The President's directive is to see to it that we are able to not only have sufficient energy and power but power at affordable levels," Reyes said.

"We will have to disaggregate the cost components of power pricing: the generation costs, the transmission costs and the distributions costs. We have to find out how we can reduce the costs in each of those components by examining it in detail," he added. (PIA) [top]

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