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Utility providers clarify 5% power, water bills discount for senior citizens

by Larry Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (8 September) -- Utility service providers in this town clarified before senior citizens their privilege of five percent discount on power and electric bills in a dialogue held last week.

Program Coordinator for the Welfare of Senior Citizens, Eusebia Haddac, said the elderly raised their complaint on the non-implementation of discount in their monthly water and power bills by public utility institutions in the province as provided under the Magna Carta for Senior Citizens.

Representatives from the Kalinga Electric Cooperative (KAELCO) and Tabuk Water Works Utility (TUWU) clarified that the five percent discount on water and power bills is not automatic for all senior citizens.

They explained that the discount is not granted if the account is not in the name of the senior citizen even if he is the one actually paying.

Only senior citizens whose names are appearing in the monthly bill, whether they are living by themselves or with their children, can avail of the discount, they added.

In addition, management cited the condition on the cut in household consumption rate of not more than 100 KWH for electric bill and 30 cubic meters for water.

Both KAELCO and TUWA said they recognize and grant the 5% discount in the monthly bills at senior citizen centers that are duly registered.

Explaining certain regulations, KAELCO and TUWU managements said they are mandated to produce the exact amount that corresponds to the cost of services they dispose on a particular period. Hence, their problem in accounting for the loss that actually is itemized for discounts.

Last month, the sector brought the issue on non-compliance by some business establishments on the 20% discount accorded them by law.

Parties to the dialogue agreed to recommend for deeper review of the law, which they say would result to its more effective implementation. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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