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August 3, 2017 by bayanmuna_admin
 
 
BAYAN MUNA CALLS FOR OVERHAUL OF ERC
 
 As Malacanang suspended anew Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chair Jose Salazar, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate also called on Pres. Duterte to make a total overhaul of the agency as all that these commissioners do is to side with big energy players and oligarchs to the detriment of power consumers.
 
Just recently the ERC, approved the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp.'s petition to recover P21.47 billion in costs incurred in power plant operations from 2007 to 2014.
 
The costs included foreign currency adjustments and fuel and power purchases.
 
"Every time na may mag-aapply ng power rate hike, ang default position ata ng ERC ay iapprove ito at ipapasan sa mga consumers. Labas pa dito  ang mga sweetheart deals na pinayagan ng ERC tulad ng mga PSAs ng Meralco sa mga sister companies nito, ang Malampaya shutdown anomalies at iba pang mga anomalya," said the progressive solon.
 
"Dagdag pa dito ay sinasagot ng Philippine Electrcity Market Corporation (PEMC) o ang namamahala sa spot market ng kuryente sa bansa ang travel at hotel expenses ng mga commissioners kaya mahirap masabi na papanig sila sa consumers. Isa ho ito sa mga inimbestigahan noong 2013 Malampaya shutdown, kaya din pala wala ng nangyari sa ERC probe doon," added the Davao-based solon.
 
"Ang masakit ay dahil dito halos automatic na tuloy ang pagpasa sa atin ng mga dagdag singil sa kuryente. Dapat ma-overhaul na itong ERC beginning with the commissioners at ireorient ang ating energy sector to serve the interest of our consumers and not the pockets of these  power oligarchs," ended Rep. Zarate. ###

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