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CAPELCO's infotxt nets 39 power bandits

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (1 October) -- At least 39 member-consumers of the Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO) were apprehended committing electricity pilferage activities from May to August this year.

"The apprehensions were the result of the cooperative's free cellphone load promo for power bandits tipsters," said CAPELCO Public Information Officer Kenneth Tipon.

A free P300 cellphone load to informants who can give a confirmed report on persons who pilfer electricity or illegal use of electricity on a first come or text basis will be given by CAPELCO to encourage wider participation in the campaign against power thieves.

Illegal use of electricity is penalized under Republic Act 7832 referred to as the "Anti-electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Pilferage Act of 1994."

The interested tipsters may text the name, address of the power thief and the method of illegal use of electricity to 0216327054 and 09273546815 for Smart and Globe users, respectively.

The cooperative's initiative to lower down its system loss is in line with the government's thrust to ensure enough and cheap energy supply for communities and industries to attract more investors into the country.

"Privatization of power generation and supply sector remains a top priority," the President said in her message during the ceremonial turnover of the 51-megawatt (MW) Optimization Geothermal Plants in Leyte by Ormat Leyte Co. Ltd to the Philippine National Oil Co.-Energy Development Corp. (PNOC-EDC) through a 10-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.

She reiterated the need to reform the country's power sector as power stability and lower cost is "essential for our long-term health."

The President has noted that without competitive power prices, stable energy (supply) would not be competitive. (PIA) [top]

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