Mayor pushes for return
of power royalty fees
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Mayor Enrique Gonzalez Jr. of Valencia, in Negros Oriental, said he is hoping that the three solons of the province will push for the amendment of Republic Act 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, to allow the comeback of the royalty fees previously received from the power transmission and generation companies operating in the province.
Gonzalez said the EPIRA, that was passed during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was intended, to bring down electricity rates and improve the delivery of power services.
But, he said, this has not been realized despite its implementation, and the removal of the royalties paid by the power utilities the past few years, noting that the cost of power has even gone up over the same period.