The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced that their no disconnection policy would remain in place as the country’s modified enhanced community quarantine was extended to May 14.
According to First Vice President and chief commercial officer Ferdinand Geluz, this was to lighten the load on customers and give them adequate time to settle bills.
Last year, the Energy Regulatory Board urged financially capable customers to settle their bills within the original due date to ensure cash flow in the energy supply chain.
Similarly, the Department of Energy assured the public that there would be no blackouts during summer and the months to follow, owing to lesser consumption of the business sector during the quarantine period.
DOE-Electric Power Industry Management Bureau head Mario Marasigan said that the only concern would be maintenance. In a congressional hearing, energy commission chair Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian pressed the importance of uninterrupted power supply to the National Capital Region as the government rolled out its vaccination drive.
He also asked the energy department and the Energy Regulatory Commission what measures they had in place to prevent such disruptions.