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ISAT-U 69kV Line, finally completed by MORE Power

ISAT-U 69kV Line, finally completed by MORE Power Feature Image

A request ignored by PECO for two years became a top priority for MORE Power, which promptly acted on it last Sunday.

MORE installed an intermediate pole in order to clear, as per the school’s request, an overpass bridge that crosses the highway and links their two campuses. “They had been requesting PECO non-stop for this work to be done for years but it remained a problem until we came along,” said Engr. Paterno Cabangisan, MORE Power’s Head of Transmission Lines.

Meanwhile, officials of the said university were overjoyed to see MORE Power workers relocate the 69kV line to an 80-foot intermediate pole put up in the area.

“It entailed a little inconvenience on the part of our consumers—our apologies–but the safety of ISAT-U students is imperative. And we had to do this on the least interruptive day. Buti na lang [It’s a good thing] the consumers understood why this had to be done,” Castro said.

ISAT-U 69kV Line, finally completed by MORE Power Feature Image

For two years the construction of an overpass linking the two campuses of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in La Paz district was put on hold, waiting for a 69kV line to be relocated by PECO.

But while the request was never granted by the former Iloilo City power distributor, the relocation of the high-voltage wires to a higher electric post was completed by engineers and linemen of MORE Power last Sunday, a day dedicated to corrective and preventive maintenance works at the Mandurriao Substation.

No less than MORE Power president Roel Castro, together with ISAT-U officials, supervised the relocation of the 69kV line that took them about six hours.

“Actually, the entire University is very happy. Construction of the skywalk started in 2017 but had to stop the next year because of the 69kV line. We requested PECO to help us relocate the line, but they did nothing. Now we are extremely glad that this was carried out with the help of MORE Power. We are all looking forward to the completion of this project very soon,” averred Engr. Gabriel Salistre, Jr., VP for Administration and Finance of the university.

“I am very, very happy that after two long years, it’s finally done. At long last, we can proceed with our overpass project,” said an elated Russ Allen Napud, ISAT-U Director for Planning Development and Auxiliary Services.

“On behalf of the University, we would like to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts to MORE Power for realizing the transfer of that 69kV line to a much safer place. Now, there’s nothing that prevents us from completing the overpass,” added Napud.

In an earlier interview, ISAT-U president Dr. Raul Muyong expressed his gratitude to MORE Power president Roel Castro for acting on the problem with speed.

“In fact, MORE Power visited the site as soon as they received our request to evaluate the situation. They also promptly submitted a proposal to correct the problem, which we agreed with,” he said.

“We are grateful because it will now be very easy for us to access the other side of the campus,” he said.
Muyong recalled that MORE Power’s quick action was a far cry from what PECO did when the problem was brought to the attention of the former utility distributor.

“We had formal communications with PECO and even signed a certificate of undertaking with them regarding the problem. We also solicited the help of local officials to help us appeal to PECO to address our concerns, but all those requests fell on deaf ears,” he noted.

He added that the school ended up purchasing high voltage conductor covers to ensure the safety of the personnel working on the access route while they were waiting for PECO to no avail.

Once completed, the access route for the two campuses will be a big help to students, teachers, stakeholders, and officials, providing them with a much safer and more convenient access between the two campus sites.

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Atty. Babayen-on on MORE’s Lawful Takeover?

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ILOILO CITY – MORE Electric Company started its operations after a ‘writ of possession’ was issued to Panay Electric Company four days ago by Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23, allowing newcomer MORE Electric Company to takeover PECO’s distribution assets. Contrary to the claims of lawyers from PECO’s side, Atty. Allana Babayen-on, one of MORE Power’s legal counsels, stressed out they had a lawful takeover as provided by Section 2 of Rule 67 of the Rule of Court. 

“Let a Writ of Possession be issued to plaintiff More Power Corporation, in order to place MORE in possession of the enumerated properties above under categories A and B. The Sheriff of this court or other proper officer is hereby ordered to place the plaintiff in possession of the properties enumerated above under categories A and B. The Sheriff of this court or other proper officer is hereby ordered to place the plaintiff in possession of the property above enumerated and submit a report thereof to the court, with service of copies to the parties pursuant to Section 2 of Rule 67 of the Rules of Court,” excerpt from the Writ of Possession taped on the entrance of the Panay Electric Company building.

Category A includes properties that PECO did not contest as ‘distribution assets’, such as the Baldoza, La Paz Substation; General Luna, City Proper Substation; and the Tabuc Suba, Jaro Substation, among others having a total assessed value of Php 217,940,870. Category B includes properties that the court initially deems as part of the distribution assets being listed under PECO’s distribution plant in the ERC record, and maybe necessary for MORE to have an uninterrupted operation once the writ is implemented. The properties include meter lab, power plant building, and switchboard housed within the General Luna PECO compound. The properties have an assessed value of Php 14,792,680. – Feature Iloilo News

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“We have a writ of possession which was delivered by the sheriff to be executed under the ministerial duty.” said Atty. Babayen-on. “As far as I know, the court ordered to maintain peace.” she added. 

As for the temporary restraining order pointed out by PECO, “There was only an application of TRO, not an implementing TRO from the Supreme Court. As far as I know, only a TRO from the Supreme Court can stop us from implementing the ‘writ of possession’.” Atty. Babayen-on added.

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“We recognize their rights to apply for TRO or to go as far as to any legal option that may serve them. And we are happy that they are undergoing any remedies for their side.” said Enrique Razon Jr. President of MORE Elecrticity and Power Corporation. “But I hope, after exhausting all options, there will be acceptance.” he added.

For more questions, please visit MORE Power’s Customer Services Office at General Luna Street, Brgy. Inday, City Proper, Iloilo City or you may call their hotline numbers.

PLDT:
(033) 323-66-19
(033) 327-29-85

GLOBE:
0917-637-5214

SMART:
0919-072-0626

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Easy Guide: MORE Power Iloilo Accepts Applications

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ILOILO CITY – MORE Electric Company is now open for consumers applications and inquiries after a ‘writ of possession’ was issued to Panay Electric Company four days ago by Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23, allowing newcomer MORE Electric Company to take over PECO’s distribution assets. Here are things consumers should know when applying for an account or meter connection.

For consumers who are applying for new meter connection, kindly secure an application form, government ID, proof of occupancy and Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection. Should there be no available proof of occupancy, secure a Barangay Certificate of Residency and Permit for Temporary Service Connection & Oath of Undertaking.

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For consumers who are living in the house owned by a deceased relative and you don’t have any proof of occupancy document under your name, you can still apply for an electric connection. These are the requirements you need to comply: Application Form, Government ID, Barangay Certificate of Residency, and Permit for Temporary Service Connection & Oath of Undertaking.

The electric meter in the house is named under a deceased father. You can update the details of your account. You need to submit the following requirements for us to update your account: Government ID, Proof of Ownership, Previous monthly bill from the previous DU (or previous monthly electric bill of MORE Power), and Proof of billing from other utilities that states your name and address.

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In cases you still receive the bill from the previous DU, where should you pay? MORE Power encourages you to pay the bill at the previous DU’s office or at their authorized collecting agencies. For payment transaction, you can pay the bill deposit in available payment centers. You can pay at BDO, Landbank, Robinsons Bank, PNB, Palawan Express, RD Pawnshop, LBC and SM Supermalls. MORE Power office is also accepting applications and payments on weekends.

For consumers who have 15 years-old meters which seems to be unreliable, MORE Power has MORE KOREK. It is a program of MORE Power that targets the replacement of all defective and aging meters without any cost.

For more questions, please visit MORE Power’s Customer Services Office at General Luna Street, Brgy. Inday, City Proper, Iloilo City or you may call their hotline numbers.
PLDT:
(033) 323-66-19
(033) 327-29-85
GLOBE:
0917-637-5214
SMART:
0919-072-0626

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MORE Power is an electricity distribution company challenging the long-standing company, Panay Electric Company (PECO). For so long, MORE Power is lambasted online and offline as people criticize the company for being ready without any facilities such as posts, meters and cables. However, MORE did not try to brag their facilities for the moment as to secure their warehouses and resources during the process of power turnover in the city. Now, let’s us have a closer look at MORE.

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MORE Power had less than a year when they got the franchise. The House Bill No. 8302 that aims to grant the company a franchise to be a distribution company underwent a rigid approval and was signed into law as Republic Act 11212 last February 14, 2019. RA 11212 was then made effective on March 6, 2019. This grant is termed to expired after 25 years, March 6, 2044.

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Republic Act 11212 is an Act Granting More Electric and Power Corporation a Franchise to Establish, Operate, and Maintain, for Commercial Purposes and in the Public Interest, a Distribution System for the Conveyance of Electric Power to the End Users in the City of Iloilo, Province of Iloilo, and Ensuring the Continuous and Uninterrupted Supply of Electricity in the Franchise Area. 

As published on the Official Gazette’s website:

https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/

MORE Power in their tagline Bringing More To Life, they are a service-oriented company committed to bringing only the best customer experience to the electric consumers of Iloilo City. They fully appreciate the grave need to provide the City of Iloilo with a modernized, reliable, cost-effective, flexible and scalable power supply delivery system. As a vision, the company desires to be a preferred electric distribution utility provider that responds to the dynamic needs of consumers and delivers competent energy solutions. On the go with a noble mission, they aim to maintain their electric services in a friendly, safe, effective, non-discriminatory, cost-efficient and helpful way.

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MORE Power stands out by having four major goals for Iloilo City.

IMPROVEMENT OF THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM’S RELIABILITY

    • To provide reliable, safe, and quality electric services by investing in the upgrading of the existing electrical framework of Iloilo City.

THE MINIMIZATION OF FRANCHISE-WIDE OUTAGES

    • To maintain an effective distribution maintenance plan to eliminate or minimize interruptions and outages.

COMMITMENT TO COMPETITIVE POWER RATES

    • To bring more to the lives of the Ilonggos and foster business growth by ensuring that its power rates are maintained at the least cost.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

    • To create a meaningful customer experience with the consumers through the delivery of excellent customer services.
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Pursuance to their goals, MORE Power wants to take the customer service to higher ground. They will trim down the application requirements, from having more than 10 requirements to only four. This makes the process more customer-friendly. The company will also have Spot Billing in all district, 24/7 Hotline, 24/7 Quick Response Team, Key Accounts Management, and Dispute Resolution.

With the recent blackout due to energy monopoly in the area, Iloilo City deserves MORE Power and what it offers. As business goes by, competition is fine with the right civility and brand inclusivity in the market. But with the setup of the current energy distribution company where generally, there can only be one single direct source puts the whole city on the brink of city-wide shutdown should there be a problem with the “only” source. This is where competitors come to aid the greater need of the market.

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