Invitation to submit comments on the MERALCO Draft Determination [Archive-121]
On June 18, 2010, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) filed an application for approval of its Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) and Performance Incentive Scheme (PIS) for the Third Regulatory Period commencing on July 1, 2011 and terminating on June 30, 2015 in accordance with the provisions of the Rules for Settino Distribution Wheeling Rates (RDWR).
Having found said application sufficiennt in form and substance, the Commission set the same for jurisdictional hearing, expository presentation and pre-trial conference on July 14, 2010 and evidentiary hearings on August 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2010. Said public hearings were scheduled with the end view of reaching out to as many stakeholders as possible, including consumers, who would be affected by the resolution of the application.
During the public hearings, MERALCO presented several witnesses, who testified in support of its application
In accordance with the RDWR and the Regulatory Reset Position Paper, the Commission shall issue a Draft Determination that embodies its preliminary position on the price control arrangements that should apply to the Third Regulatory Period and describes its initial evaluation of MERALCO's proposals in the instant application, as well as the evidence presented in support thereof during the public hearings up to the date of this issuance.
It is important to note that the Draft Determination is not a final decision. This will only provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment and discuss the Commission's evaluation during the public consultations and/or hearings to be held for that purpose, prior to the final determination. The final determination will be issued by the Commission after the termination of the presentation of evidence by all the parties (both documentary and testimonial) during the public consultations and/or hearings and only after it has conducted a complete evaluation thereof.
The Draft Determination may be downloaded from the Commission's official website at www.erc.gov.ph or may be photocopied at cost during the usual office hours from the ERC Docket Section at the 22nd Floor, Pacific Center Building, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City. Relative thereto, the Draft Determination is hereby set for public consultation on February 7, 2011 (Monday) at two o'clock in the afternoon (2:00 P.M.) at the ERC Hearing Room, 15th Floor, Pacific Center Building, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City.
Interested parties are hereby given until January 28, 2011 (Friday) to submit their written comments on the Draft Determination (both hard and soft copies) to the aforementioned acldress; (soft copies may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org). The Commission encourages submission of said comments in its preferred format hereto attached as Annex "A". On the other hand, those who may wish to have a copy of the Draft Determination may request MERALCO, prior to the date of the initial hearing, that they be furnished with a copy thereof. MERALCO is hereby directed to furnish all those making such requests with copies of the Draft Determination, subject to reimbursement of reasonable photocopying costs. Any party may examine the Draft Determination
and other pertinent records filed with the Commission during the usual office hours.
Finally, MERALCO is hereby directed to:
- Post a copy of this Notice in: a) its Main Office; b) Branch Office/s; and c) at least three (3) conspicuous places within its franchise area;
- Publish this Notice in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation, immediately upon receipt thereof; and
- Undertake other possible means of disseminating information to the public relative to the above Draft Determination.
Date Published: 1/12/2011