THE provincial government-owned Misamis Oriental Telephone System Inc. (Misortel) has lost around P5 million to theft of its cable wires in 2018, Misortel manager Rene Guingguing said in a press briefing.
However, Guingguing said the management has already pressed charges against those who were caught and arrested.
He said stealing of cable lines has been happening since 2000.
"Dili kaayo ni sila mahibal-an diretso nga mga kawatan kay mura man gihapon sila og linemen kay naay sakyanan, ladder ug tools," Guingguing said.
He said they only learn that cable wires were stolen when there are complaints from subscribers on service interruptions.
"Aside sa masapon sila sa akto, ayha ra nato mahibal-an nga naay cable gikawat kung naay complaint sa subscriber nga walay service kay i-trace man dayon na sa atong lineman," he added.
Guingguing is appealing to the public to report to authorities any suspicious men pretending to be linemen working on cable wires.
On the other hand, the decades-old Misortel still has more than P3 million collectibles from its delinquent subscribers as of last year.
Guingguing said they have been working on this collectibles, even as he said that demand letters have already been sent to subscribers who ignored their obligations.
"Naa na tay nakasuhan daghan na pud napadad-an sa demand letters," Guingguing said.
However, he said there are still those who are diligent in settling their payments.
"Ang uban gahi gyud kaayo mobayad pero naa sad uban nga maayo mobayad," he added.