MORE Power, Iloilo’s new distribution utility, is all out in investigating and taking down illegal jumpers in the City of Iloilo. Dubbed ‘Oplan Kakas Jumper’, the DU has been posting their operations on social media. The crackdown on power pilferage is part of MORE Power’s initiative to improve overall power distribution in Iloilo City.
“Jumpers have been tolerated for far too long, disrupting service to consumers and damaging the distribution system. Past circumstances have forced this situation and we’re now paying the price. MORE is committed to fixing the mistakes of the past to give Ilonggos the service they deserve.” – excerpt from a post of MORE Power in its Facebook page.
According to Republic Act 7832, it is unlawful for a person to ‘tamper, install or use a tampered electrical meter, jumper, current reversing transformer, shorting or shunting wire, loop connection or any other device that interferes with proper or accurate registry or metering of electric current or otherwise results in its diversion in a manner whereby electricity is stolen or wasted’ – as mentioned in Section 2 (c) of Republic Act 7832.
Penalties include fine of Php 10,000 to Php 20,000, or both at the discretion of the court for violations specified in Section 2 (a). Moreover, further penalties are enumerated in the Act.