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Educate consumers, Ceneco told

The Power Watch Negros Advocates Inc. urged the Central Negros Electric Cooperative to educate consumers, especially in understanding electric bills and what aspect of electric consumption they spend on.

PWNA secretary-general Wennie Sancho said the more than 180,000 consumers of Ceneco should know what they were paying for, especially if it involves rate increases.

Sancho said they are partnering with the Philippine Press Institute to hold seminars for local electric consumers for them to have a wider understanding of their electric bills.

However, Ceneco should also conduct similar initiatives for their consumers as they do not know the meaning of the terminologies found in the electric bills, he said.

Lack of education has also created more financial burden for electric consumers, especially the P232 million “unnominated contract” of Ceneco from Salcon Power Corporation, he said.

The consumer group submitted a complaint to the Office of the President about this contract last week.

Sancho said they submitted the complaint as a call to the President's office for an in-depth investigation on the alleged unutilized and excessive power supply contract that will be paid by Ceneco consumers.

The P232 million “unnominated contract quantities” will cause a 0.6 to 0.8 centavo per kilowatt hour increase and the payment will be staggered for 50 months. *MLG


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