Councilors oppose Cepalco rate hike

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

COUNCILORS of Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday took turns in lambasting another rate increase demanded by the local electric company, Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco).

Another round of rotating brownouts hit Cagayan de Oro City anew, amid the Energy on Regulatory Board’s (ERB) approval of the rate hike filed by Cepalco that will take effect in 2012.

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Cepalco proposed a 15-centavo per kilowatt hour rate hike to generate more revenues to improve its services.

"This continuous power rate increase has been sucking dry the pockets of the local consumers since early January of this year. Worse-case scenario is that our protest will just go down the drain since ERB has the final say on this," Councilor Alden Bacal said Tuesday.

The firm's rate hike proposals received strong opposition from the City Council.

Councilor Alvin Calingin called for a "concerted protest…to put an end” to the power utility's "arrogance".

Calingin said he has grown tired of witnessing the City Government's helplessness "because the ERB will always side with Cepalco."

The councilors are also calling the decision of the ERB favoring Cepalco as "lutong macao." (Nicole J. Managbanag)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 22, 2010.

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