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Devanadera Warns Electricity Stakeholders Against Fake COCs

    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) warned electric power stakeholders, particularly Qualified End-users (QEs), to be wary against falsified Certificates of Compliance (COCs).  The caution was made in light of cases filed by two (2) qualified end-users with the authorities against individuals who secured the fake COCs.  

    “The ERC is currently coordinating with the law enforcers, who sought our help, to track down the responsible persons for the production and issuance of the falsified COCs.  We were able to confirm the allegation about the fake COCs after verifying our records,” ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera disclosed.

    The fictitious QE-COCs were issued to STMTCC-La Fiesta, Inc. and St. Therese MTC Colleges Tigbauan, Inc.  The fabricated QE-COCs were dated 23 August 2017 and 02 February 2018, respectively.  The said QE-COCs made use of the previous ERC logo and bore the forged signature of Commissioner Geronimo D. Sta. Ana.

    The respondent/s were charged with violation of Art. 172 in relation to Art. 171 (Falsification) of Act No. 3815, as amended otherwise known as “The Revised Penal Code”.

    “Let this serve as a word of caution to electric power industry stakeholders and to the unscrupulous individuals as well, to stop this kind of illegal activity, which is falsifying ERC documents particularly COC in this case.  With the process automation that is currently being put in place in ERC, this can be easily detected now.  Unlawful acts such as this taints the ERC itself and the integrity of its officials who are simply performing their duties.  We encourage the public to report to the ERC or to the nearest police authorities any illegal act of any electric power industry participant to avoid proliferation of any kind of misconduct,” Chair Devanadera added.

Date Published: 8/17/2018


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