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No Disconnection: Duterte Bars Cutting Power of Poor Filipinos

Relief during the pandemic.
by Arianne Merez
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Poor Filipino households are spared from electricity disconnections as President Rodrigo Duterte directed distribution utilities to forgo cutting supply to those who cannot pay yet, a high-ranking Cabinet official said Thursday.

Duterte approved during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday night the recommendation of the Department of Energy to extend the "no disconnection" benefit for zero to low-income households,  Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

"Makakahinga na po ang ating mga kababayan na mababa o walang kita. Hindi po kayo mapuputulan ng kuryente. Hindi po kayo pababayaan ni Presidente," Nograles said.

While zero to low-income households are equivalent to 32% of the customer base of power companies, Nograles said data from the energy department showed that they only account for 3% of sales which means that the relief measure is "very doable."

"The President readily agreed given that electricity is a basic necessity our countrymen cannot live without," Nograles said.

Struggling household budgets due to the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the Duterte administration to execute relief measures at the start of the year to help families cope.

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