LEGAZPI CITY, 30July2013 (PNA) – The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines cut off power supply to the heavily indebted Albay Electric Cooperative at exactly noon Tuesday for Aleco’s failure to settle its bills for June amounting to P56 million, sending the whole province of Albay into darkness.
Hazel Morallos, Aleco spokesperson, said a disconnection notice was sent by the NGCP last week on orders of the Philippine Electric Market Corp., which the electric cooperative owes millions in current bills.
Morallos said the power disconnection will continue indefinitely unless Aleco will settle its current bills with the PEMC the soonest possible time.
The provincewide blackout is now affecting some 160,000 households in the province and has angered the business community, saying the power blackout would carry additional burden on their business operation.
Meanwhile, the cash-strapped Aleco has summoned its three Area Service Center managers and asked them to submit a list of 100 power consumers who have unsettled accounts for immediate collection of their unpaid bills to raise more funds to pay PEMC.
Morallos said the PEMC had asked Aleco to submit the names of 300 heavy load users that have failed to settle their outstanding accounts with the electric cooperative up to now.
The list should have notation as to whether these consumers have been disconnected already or not yet. (PNA)