August 6, 2023 People's Journal 255 views

MORE Power launches barangay on-site registration for electricity lifeline rate subsidy

IN an effort to reach more Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) members and marginalized sectors, More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) has launched on-site registration in barangays to process applications of customers qualified for lifeline rate subsidy under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

According to MORE Power president and CEO Roel Castro, they aim to get in touch directly with the groups concerned so more qualified customers can avail the program.

“In addition to accepting applications in our office, we also deploy personnel to barangays for on-site registration,” said Castro, adding that as of August 2, they have already received 1,519 applications from 42 barangays.

For the exact date and venue of barangay on-site registration, MORE Power has advised its customers to visit their official Facebook page.

The full rollout of the subsidy application has been extended by the Department of Energy (DOE) until September due to low application turnout.

“There are 4.2 million household beneficiaries of 4Ps, and the registration for lifeline subsidy remains very low. Only those who register will continue to receive a reduction in their electricity bills beginning August 2023,” DOE Secretary Raphael Lotilla said earlier.

Castro urged eligible applicants to take advantage of the subsidy program as MORE Power has brought the application closer to customers.

Under the new Enhanced Lifeline Subsidy policy released by the DOE, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the 4Ps members and marginalized sectors that consumes less than 100 kWh per month are eligible for the subsidy.

For requirements, 4Ps members only need to submit an application form, latest electricity bill, government issued ID and 4Ps ID. Meanwhile, marginalized end users or households with five members but only have a combined monthly income of P12,030 can also apply for lifeline subsidy. For marginalized end users, except for the previous requirements, they also have to submit a certification from the local Social Welfare Development Office (SWDO) which proves that their family income is below the poverty threshold set by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The discount rate depends on consumption. For those who consume between 81 kWh and 95 kWh, they can avail 10 percent discount; 20 percent for those who consume 71 kWh and 80 kWh; 35 percent if consumption is between 61 kWh and 70 kWh; 45 percent if 51 kWh and 60 kWh; 50 percent for those who consume 21 kWh to 50 kWh, and 100 percent discount if the monthly electricity consumption is 20 kWh or less.

Meanwhile, MORE Power has implemented its third installment of Bill Deposit Refund. The refund given by the distribution company to its 28 eligible consumers amounts to P173,000. This is in compliance with the provision of Magna Carta for Residential Electricity Consumers.

Violeta Evangelista Tiangson, one of the beneficiaries, said the refund is a blessing because she can use it to buy vitamins for her daughter who is a kidney transplant recipient.

Consumers who have religiously paid their electric bill for 36 months are qualified for bill deposit refund.

Castro has earlier said that until the end of 2023, they are scheduled to refund P5 million as bill deposit to their customers.