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86% Pantawid Kuryente recipients in Davao City, DavNor paid up

by Degs Duron

Davao City (5 November) -- Out of the 93,448 targeted lifeline users, a total of 80,727 serviced by Davao Light and Power Company in Davao City and five towns in Davao del Norte already benefited from the Pantawid Kuryente: Katas ng VAT Program of the national government.

This was bared by Ma. Vilia L. Vigil, operations division chief of DSWD XI, who further said, "As of October 31st, a total of P40,363,500 has been released and only 12,721 remaining households are yet to receive subsidy which will be deducted from their electric bill."

If the consumer's bill is lesser than P500, the balance shall be applied to his subsequent bills until it is fully paid, Vigil said. According to Vigil, Davao Light implemented the electric subsidy in its October 2008 revenue billing cycle.

Led by DSWD, Panyawid Kuryente is a one-time cash subsidy of P500 to lifeline consumers of electricity with 100 kilowatt hours or less, or a maximum daily average consumption of 3.33kwh as of May 2008.

Aimed at cushioning the impact of the high cost of electricity and other prime commodities, the program is funded through the allocation of P2 billion from oil VAT collection.

The DSWD, the Private Electric Power Operators Association (PEPOA) and NEA are implementing the program in areas covered by 119 Electric Cooperatives (ECs) and Private Investors-Owned Utilities (PIOUs) nationwide.

In Davao Region, involved entities are Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO), Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO), Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO), and Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC).

Vigil said, "DORECO has 37,837 indicative target consumers, DASURECO has 48,835, DANECO which covers ComVal and Davao Norte has 59,501, and DLPC has 93,448."

Consumers residing in areas serviced by electric cooperatives shall receive their subsidy beginning this November, Vigil added. (DSWD/PIA XI) [top]

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