Meralco said Monday it would forego disconnections until Oct. 31 to give consumers more time to pay their bills accumulated over the quarantine. The moratorium was extended from the end of September.
Meralco president and CEO Ray Espinosa said the company would also provide relief to its lifeline customers. These customers consume less than 100k kWh and below.
"Bilang tugon sa mungkahi ni Speaker Alan Cayetano, kami ay magbibigay ng relief or ayuda sa kanila equivalent to a total of P101 million mula sa aming distribution charge (In response to Speaker alan Cayetano’s suggestion, we will give relief or aid equivalent to a total of P101 million from our distribution charge.),” Espinosa told the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.
The aid will be based on the power distributor’s list of lifeline customers for February 2020, when meter readings were properly reflected before quarantines kicked in.