- During a Senate inquiry, Senator Pacquiao asked Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi why consumers have to shoulder the cost of the system loss
- Cusi said that all consumers should share the cost of the technical system loss but not for the administrative system loss
- Pacquio urged Cusi to take immediate action in order to reduce the electric bill for consumers
Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday asked Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi a question that many Filipinos are concerned about.
"Mr. Secretary, this is a very important question, raise up ko ngayon (I will raise it now). Ang tanong ko lang po, bakit n'yo china-charge sa consumers na talo n'yo na eh (My question is, why do you charge the consumers for what you have lost)?” Pacquiao asked during the Senate inquiry regarding the Luzon power blackouts.
Pacquiao was pertaining to the system loss cost which is included in consumers’ electric bill.
According to Meralco, a system loss pertains to the process of recovering the power loss caused by “technical and non-technical system losses.” The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decides the rate to be collected for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and other “generation companies.”
However, Pacquiao said that it is unfair for the consumers that they are the ones to shoulder the costs.
“Para sa akin 'di sya makatuwiran na i-charge sa consumers 'yung nalo-lose na power sa transmission," the senator pointed out.
The Energy Secretary responded to Pacquiao’s concern by saying that the technical system loss should be shared by the consumers but not the administrative loss.
“Yung technical, shineshare po ng lahat ng tao 'yun. 'Yung administrative, kung negligence ng service provider, 'wag po dapat ipasa sa tao,” Cusi said.
(All consumers should share the burden of the technical loss. As for the administrative loss, the people should not shoulder the burden if it is due to the service provider’s negligence.)
Pacquiao then urged Cusi to take immediate action regarding the matter in order to reduce the electric bill for consumers.
The Senator will make a boxing comeback on November 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is set to fight welterweight champion Jessie Vargas and had promised to not let his training camp interfere with his Senate duties.