first_imgThe ERC Inspection Team also verifiedMORE Power’s readiness and capability in the aspects of development, operationand maintenance of distribution systems. An electricity consumer in Iloilo City visits MORE Electric and Power Corp.’s Customer Services Office on General Luna Street to start the processing of her electrical connection. The city’s new power distributor assures all consumers of much easier and less cumbersome requirements. Getting electricity should not be complicated, it stresses. The Commission issued the PA “toprotect consumers’ interest by ensuring uninterrupted electric service…andprevent chaos and confusion…as to who is authorized to operate the distributionsystem in the area.” “It is clear that MORE (Power) is thebona fide and legitimate distribution utility in Iloilo City. As such, (it) isauthorized to implement the last approved distribution charges for Iloiloconsumers,” said ERC chief Agnes Devanadera. PECO’s franchises expired on Jan. 19,2019 yet. MORE Power submitted to the ERC a Writof Possession dated Feb. 27, 2020 issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23authorizing it to take possession of certain properties of PECO in connectionwith the latter’s business of electric power distribution. Furthermore, it submitted to the ERC acopy of the Sheriff’s Return dated March 2, 2020 to inform the latter that theWrit of Possession has been duly served and fully implemented. ILOILO City – To dispel yet again theconfusion as to which company is the legitimate power distributor here, the EnergyRegulatory Commission (ERC) announced in its official website and social mediaaccounts the granting of a provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity (CPCN) to MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE). The ERC, through its technicalpersonnel, conducted an ocular inspection on March 3 and 4 to verify the actualstatus of the distribution network and determine which company is actuallyoperating the said system. center_img “The grant of the PA to MORE (Power) haseffectively revoked the provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity that ERC granted to Panay Electric Co. (PECO), the former electricpower franchisee in Iloilo City,” according to the ERC announcement. ERC reiterated that in its letterdated March 5, 2020 it issued a Provisional Authority (PA) to MORE Power, authorizingthe latter to operate the electricity distribution network in Iloilo City.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed MOREPower’s franchise on Feb. 14, 2019. The new power distributor committed toimprove the power distribution system reliability and minimize franchise-wideoutages.  The announcement could be read at thislink: https://www.erc.gov.ph/ContentPage/61945 On the basis of the Inspection Reportsubmitted by the Inspection Team, it was confirmed that MORE Power had gainedfull possession and control of five substations, had prepared for all otheraspects related to electricity distribution, and had Power Supply Contracts inplace with four power suppliers that would ensure continuous supply ofelectricity in the franchise area. It also assured consumers of lowerpower rates./PNlast_img

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