LEGAZPI CITY (20-Nov-2012/PNA) – At least seven big load consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) were apprehended in violation of Republic Act No. 7832 or the Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Pilferage Act of 1994 in a week-long massive anti-pilferage drive starting Tuesday last week.
Initial computations of their combined differential billings amounted to P20 million and after their electric meters corrected, Aleco officials are optimistic they can collect from these establishments an additional P1.4 million in monthly billings.
As of October this year, Aleco reported an average systems loss of 26 percent or an amount of not less than P40 million a month due to pilferage.
Newly-installed Aleco general manager Rey B. Reverente said there are more than 3,000 big load consumers in mainland Albay and the recent apprehension of the five violators is a proof the cooperative can turn around from being debt-ridden and does not need private capital infusion or be under privatization.
NEA-installed project management supervisor Lawyer Vicky Briones said that Aleco has long been losing not less than 7 million kilowatt-hours a month to technical systems loss and power pilferage. (PNA)