- The Philippine government exempted the “lifeline” consumers from paying the electricity bill for March and April
- The lifeline customers are those with low-income and only have less than 50 kilowatts per hour electricity consumption
- The exemption is on top of the 30-day grace period given for the payment of electricity during the enhanced community quarantine
- The Department of Energy also assured the public of enough electricity supply in Luzon
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Low-income households will not be charged for electricity consumption for March and April amid the COVID-19 crisis.
KAMI learned that the national government exempted the “lifeline” electricity users for paying nationwide.
In a televised briefing, Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) spokesperson Karlo Nograles said that about 3 million consumers will be given free electricity.
Nograles explained that the “lifeline” electricity users are those that have less than 50 kilowatts per hour in each month.
“Sa mga kababayan nating komukonsumo ng mas mababa sa 50 kilowatt per hour o yung mga tinatawag na ‘lifeline consumers’ ng mga electric cooperative dito sa Luzon, maging sa Visayas at Mindanao,” he said.
“Maliban sa isang buwang grace period sa pagbabayad ng kuryente – libre na po ang inyong konsumo sa loob ng March to April billing period. Target na tulungan ng Pantawid Liwanag ang tatlong milyong mahihirap na consumer ng mga electric cooperative,” he added.
The IATF spokesperson also said that the Department of Energy assured the people that there is enough supply of electricity in the entire Luzon.
In a previous report by KAMI, Meralco has given a 30-day payment extension for its consumers due to the enhanced community quarantine.
As of posting time, there are now 5,453 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines. 353 of the patients have recovered, while 349 patients passed away.
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