Zambo Sur consumers complain of excessive charges despite brownouts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:36

PAGADIAN CITY — The City Council here has summoned officials of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-1 (Zamsureco-1) for a dialogue to shed light on the sudden increase in consumers’ electric bills despite the long hours of rotational brownout daily.

Councilor Arnold Gavenia, chairman of the committee on public utility, initiated the move through a resolution following receipt of numerous complaints about sudden increase of electric bills from the Zamsureco-1 member-consumers despite the imposition of eight to 10 hour daily rotational brownout.

Gavenia said the Zamsureco-1 officials are summoned to appear before the City Council during its regular session on Tuesday, May 19, to shed light on the matter.

Also invited to appear on Tuesday are the Zamsureco-1 complainant member-consumers as well as other concerned stakeholders.

“The complaint of the member-consumers should be acted upon immediately by the august body so that Zamsureco-1 can explain what is really happening, why there is an increase in the electric bills,” Gavenia said.

He said most of the complainants cited their latest electric bills have increased by as much as 25 percent compared from their previous billing when the daily rotational brownout has not yet been imposed.

The cause of the daily rotational brownout is the decline of power supply from the Mindanao grid.

Gavenia said the members-consumers were also dismayed since the Zamsureco-1 did not properly addressed their complaints during the week-long Municipal Annual General Membership Assembly (MAGMA) 2015 called by electric cooperative.