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ERC Chair Devanadera Reaches Out to Consumer Groups

Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera conducted a dialogue on Friday (19 January 2018) with some Consumer Groups to listen to their issues on concerns, particularly on the Competitive Selection Process (CSP) and the MERALCO Power Supply Agreements (PSAs) that are still pending with the ERC.  

“This consumer dialogue started from a simple conversation and has now developed into a forum where we can discuss the consumers’ issues and concerns on electricity matters.  We will take their issues into consideration, but we also have to manage their expectations considering the fact that there is already a pending case before the Supreme Court on CSP”, ERC Chair Devanadera said.

The forum was attended by representatives from the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC), particularly Mr. Erwin Puhawan of FDC, Mr. Romeo Junia of UFCC & FDC, Messrs. Mark Tecson, Rodolfo Javellana Jr., and Mr. Uriel Borja of UFCC.    The consumer advocates provided some documents to ERC Chair Devanadera to apprise and aid her in addressing their issues, particularly on bringing down the electricity power rates, among others.  They also requested for a response on their position papers from the new ERC Chair.  Future similar fora will dwell on the Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) and other regulatory concerns.

 The same Consumer Groups, together with some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), staged a rally in front of the ERC Offices on Monday (15 January 2018).  ERC Chair Devanadera invited them to her Office to listen to their grievances.  Chair Devanadera proposed that subsequent meetings be held to thresh out their issues and concerns.

“This is a positive development and this is just the first of the many forums to be held of this kind.  Our (ERC’s) doors are open and we expect that the Consumer Groups will go along with these forums with an open mind and understanding that each of us has a role to play in order to have checks and balances in our regulatory system”, ERC Chair Devanadera added.


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