Just recently, the Energy Regulatory Commission released an advisory (dated May 06) to all patrons naming More Electric and Power Corporation as the distribution utility of Iloilo City. It can be recalled that MORE had replaced Panay Electric Company in a grueling legal battle that led to the expropriation of assets of the former DU.
In an order dated 05 March, the ERC granted MORE Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) a Provisional Authority to operate as a distribution utility in Iloilo City and formally revoked the provisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) previously granted to Panay Electric Company (PECO).
In the advisory issued by the ERC, it mentions Republic Act No. 11212, an act granting MORE Electric and Power Corporation a franchise to establish, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes and in the public interest, a distribution system for the conveyance of electric power to the end-users in the City of Iloilo, Province of Iloilo, and ensuring continuous and uninterrupted supply of electricity in the franchise area. It also enumerated the following:
- MORE Power is the only entity with the required franchise and CPCN to operate as the sole electric distribution utility in Iloilo City pursuant to Republic Act No. 11212;
- All electricity consumers in Iloilo City should pay their electricity bills to MORE Power starting March 2020 billing period. However, said payments should be made in accordance with 05 May, 2020 Advisory of the Commission;
- All concerns of the electricity consumers in Iloilo City such as applications for new connections and system maintenance must be addressed to and acted upon by MORE Power;
- All other issues pertaining to supply and billing prior to the operation of MORE Power shall be resolved by the ERC.