ERC meets with Gabriela over power rate hike
Top officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Thursday morning held a dialogue with members of Gabriela after the women’s group trooped to ERC’s office to protest the April power rates hike.
ERC chairperson Zenaida Ducut, Commissioner Alfredo Non, Commissioner Gloria Victoria Taruc, and Commissioner Josefina Patricia Asirit were all present during the talks.
Earlier this month, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced that an P0.89 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) hike will be imposed this April.
Meralco said the new hike was due to higher generation charge or power cost being imposed by power producers to distribution utilities.
Gabriela is one of the groups that have consistently opposed power rate hikes.
Meanwhile, militant group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on Thursday morning picketed outside the office of Meralco in Kamuning, Quezon City, to slam the approved power hike. (Jomari Guillermo)