Electric distribution services were directed to forgo account disconnections until the end of the year for any unpaid bills incurred over the quarantine period to ease consumer’s financial woes during this time, the Energy Regulatory Commission announced late Thursday.
Consumers with monthly usage not higher than twice the ERC approved maximum consumption level, which is 200 kwh, are spared from disconnections until Dec. 31.
Those that go beyond this level have a 30-day grace period to settle bills that fell within the period of enhanced community quarantine and modified enhanced community quarantine without incurring interests, penalties, and other charges.
Unpaid balances within that grace period will be payable in 3 equal monthly installments, again without any added interest or fees.
All distribution utilities and retail electricity supplies must inform their customers of the provisions in the ERC advisory.
Customers with the capacity to settle their bills are encouraged to do so before the due date to help sustain the cash flow in the energy supply chain.
Government offices, agencies, government owned and controlled corporations and instrumentalities are not covered by the grace period.
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