THE City Government will monitor the electric consumption of all public elementary and high schools in Baguio City after noting the average monthly power usage of the schools continued to soar.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week formed a three-man task force composed of city and Department of Education (DepEd) city division personnel to conduct the monitoring activities.

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The schools' electric consumption was among the issues tackled by the newly reconstituted City School Board during its first meeting last August 3 wherein one of the items in the agenda was the request for a supplemental budget for electricity.

"It was noted that the monthly average electric consumption of the elementary and secondary schools paid under the Special Education Fund (SEF) is high and still increasing," the mayor noted.

"One of the probable causes of high electric consumption by the elementary and secondary schools is the illegal connection of nearby housing and establishments," he added.

The task force will be chaired by Engr. Petronilo Ballesca of the city buildings and architecture office.

The task force will visit all schools whose electric consumption is now being paid under the SEF to check the connections for illegal taps and to monitor their electric consumption and investigate reports of illegal activities related to it. (Aileen Refuerzo)