Meralco customers to get 30-day payment extension for bills

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2020   •   898

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Monday said it has extended the deadline for payments for bills that are due from March 1 to April 14 in line with the quarantine being enforced in Metro Manila due to growing coronavirus infections.

“We will provide a 30-day payment extension for bills due from March 1 to April 14, 2020,” Meralco said in a Facebook post.

It also advised its customers to transact with Meralco via its mobile applications, online, and authorized payment channels.

“Meralco is one with the country in its efforts to contain COVID-19. Stay safe and healthy; stay home,” it added.

The power distributor also said it is postponing all maintenance activities, unless necessary.

‘Lahat din ng mga maintenance activities ay ipagpapaliban muna, unless necessary, to ensure we are #KeepingTheLightsOn for all our customers in these trying times,” it said.

The government has placed the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to further curtail the spread of coronavirus.

Under this measure strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households; transportation will be suspended; provision for food and essential services shall be regulated; and the heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.

Malacañang earlier said that the guidelines for this measure will be released later.

No disconnection notices until August 31 — Meralco

Marje Pelayo   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Meralco assures customers it will not issue any disconnection notice for unpaid bills until August 31, 2020.

The power distributor added that it may further extend the non-issuance of disconnection notice to September or the succeeding months as resources are tight at this time of crisis. 

Meralco promised its customers that even if they pay at least 25 percent of their bills, their power lines will not be disconnected.

To date, Meralco was able to complete the reading of some seven million of its customers’ electric meters.

The power distributor advised its clients who have not received their bills to wait for them in the coming days.

Manila, Muntinlupa cut curfew hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.

The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.

First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

150 locally stranded individuals in Metro Manila to be sent home to their provinces

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will bring 150 locally stranded individuals (LSI) in Metro Manila to their hometowns in Davao and General Santos City on June 15.

Namraiga Nasir is one of the 200 LSIs staying in temporary shelters near Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Namraiga also said she even stayed along the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway so she is very grateful to be able to return home.

“Sa tinagal-tagal po ng araw, nakatira pa po kami sa may tulay, so ngayon po ito na po iyong chance na makakauwi na rin po kami (For the longest — we even stayed under the bridge — we now have a chance to go home),” she said.

According to the PCG, 150 LSIs boarded the BRP Gabriela Silang en route to Davao and General Santos City.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) calls on the LSIs to coordinate with their respective barangays for the department to manage how they can assist in their repatriation.

“Para makita natin kung paano natin ima-manage ang pagpapauwi sa kanila. Huwag kayong mag-atubili na lumapit sa inyong mga barangay dahil ito po ang kanilang direktiba upang makuha natin iyong eksaktong bilang, (For us to see how we can manage their repatriation. Don’t hesitate to coordinate with your barangays because this has been their directive so that we can determine the exact numbers),” according to DOTr Asec. Eymard Eje. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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