LAOAG CITY — The Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) and Prime Water–Ilocos Norte are extending the payment of bills, which fall due within the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period, until the end of the month.
“May request po ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan na i-extend ang pagbayad ng mga electricity bills na may due date ng May 15. Ngunit may nauna na pong direktiba ang Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) na kung saan ang payment ng bills para sa mga buwan ng Marso at Abril ay hanggang sa katapusan na,” INEC’s Information Officer Mr. Noel Andres said.
The collective amount of electricity bills that was supposed to due on March 16 to April 30 is likewise payable in equal monthly installments until August 2020.
Since the implementation of ECQ, meter readers were unable to perform their tasks, thus, bills were based on the average consumption of households in the past months.
“May dalawang guidelines ang inilabas ng ERC sa pagkuha ng estimate bill. Una, kung ano ang computed average bill mo noong December 2019, January at February 2020, iyon ang babayaran mo sa billing period ng Marso. Ang basis para sa buwan ng Abril ay kung ano ang nakunsumo ninyo noong April 2019,” Mr. Andres explained to answer public queries about the “abnormal reading”.
“Kung mas mataas ang nasa estimated bill mo kaysa sa actual reading, ang sobrang pera ay magiging deposit na para sa susunod na billing period. Kung ang actual reading ay mas mataas kaysa sa estimated, ikaw naman ang magdadagdag ng bayad sa susunod na billing period,” he added.
Furthermore, INEC also launched its “Pantawid Liwanag” program which aims to waive the payment of households with a monthly electricity rate of 30 kilowatt-hours.
Meanwhile, Prime Water–Ilocos Norte General Manager Mr. John Teodoro assured the consumers that there will be no disconnection and extra charges until May 31. Also, surplus payment of the average consumption compared to actual reading will be refunded.