Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO) announced that it will be charging consumers in four installments for the electricity provided during the Luzon-wide extended community quarantine.

The announcement came from MERALCO’s spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga who, through an interview with Dobol B sa News TV, claimed that the initiative goes in line with the Energy Regulatory Commission’s command to systematically arrange the electricity bills payment during the ECQ.

Since the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) began, electric companies from across Luzon, including MERALCO, have seen a halt in consumer payment despite being active in operation for service. 

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Although the electric company itself has extended the payment for the monthly due to April 30, consumers can still expect to be billed commensurate to their average three-month consumption. 

The measure is taken in lieu of the temporarily unaccountable meter reading due to suspension.

In a statement directly coming from the ERC, it claims that, after the ECQ, consumers could expect that the bills accumulated and rearranged in the four billing months are expected to appear as a “separate item” in the electricity bill.

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