2K households get assistance for electrical connections

Beneficiaries of the P3,000 aid from the national government for their electrical connections received assistance at the Iloilo Sports Complex Friday.

By John Noel Herrera

More than 2,000 families in Iloilo City each received P3,000 from the national government for their electrical connections.

The assistance came from the office of Senator Christopher Bong Go and was released through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation.

The assistance will be used to pay for the bill deposit and electrical safety connection certificate from the City Engineer’s Office.

Iloilo City lone district Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda said she and Mayor Jerry Trenas asked for the assistance after learning that thousands of poor households applied for more new electrical connections, but they have no money for the bill deposit.

Baronda said she asked the help of Senator Go who approved the release of the funds.

The beneficiaries received their assistance last Friday at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

Baronda said they continue to support programs that will make it easier for consumers to have legitimate connections to MORE Power, the city’s sole power distributor.

“Ini ang resulta sang manami nga partnership namon ni Mayor Trenas kag MORE Power. Prayoridad namon pirme ang kung ano ang makapaayo sa mga konsumidor,” she added.

(This is the result of our partnership with Mayor Treñas and MORE Power. Our priority is the welfare of the consumers.)

MORE Power President and CEO Roel Castro said the firm and local government continue to find ways to facilitate the connections of consumers.

“We are inspired, and we will continue our efficient service and will find ways to maintain the lowest rates,” Castro said.

He urged consumers to help prevent illegal connections by convincing “jumpers” to apply for legal connections to avoid legal problems.