By PR | 05:17 PM January 16, 2022
Rep. Aris Aumentado of the Second District of Bohol is asking for an intervention from the national government regarding the increase of electric bill to the consumers of the different power distribution utilities in the province through a government subsidy.
In a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte dated January 12, 2022, Aumentado is appealing for the said assistance to save both the business sector, private individuals, and local government units (LGUs) from sourcing out additional expenses in the payment of the said bills.
“Now is the time that Boholanos are in dire need of your intervention to save them from paying double of their present power bill since Bohol was temporarily cut from the services of the geothermal plant in Leyte,” the legislator noted in his letter.
Aumentado also noted that the power sector in the province was still reeling from the destruction brought about by the onslaught of super-typhoon Odette, and that after the supply from Leyte was cut off after the storm, it is currently relying its power supply from the bunker-fed Power Barge 104 in Ubay and the Bohol Diesel Power Plant in Tagbilaran City. This, in turn, will result in the average cost of power costs in Bohol going up from Php9.80 per kilowatt hour to as high as Php16.00 to Php18.00 per kilowatt hour under the current situation.
In the same letter, the solon cited other provinces like Palawan, Masbate, Romblon and Mindoro which are currently receiving government subsidies in their power bills through the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG). These areas are outside the power grid of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and are currently getting their power supply from diesel-run power generating units, thereby allowing them to receive government subsidies.
The legislator added that Boholanos are hoping for the same subsidy for them to be spared from paying higher power bills amidst an emergency situation, especially that the province is currently having the said condition as those areas under the SPUG.
“The Boholanos are hoping that through this appeal, a similar subsidy will be given considering that the province got isolated from the power grid supply while it is presently under a state of calamity,” Aumentado said.