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August 29, 2020
Committee on Energy
Re : SB 1583
Laban Konsyumer Inc. supports the Bill extending the term of the lifeline rates, as mandated in Sections 43 (J) and 73 of Republic Act No. 9136 or the EPIRA law.
We submit that the Committee also consider to repeal and terminate the cross subsidy authorized under Section 74 of the EPIRA. At the moment non-lifeline consumers subsidize the amount of Php 0.0604 pkwh as lifeline subsidy in their bill. After 20 years from the EPIRA, there should be no more authorized cross subsidy .
Based on the Explanatory Notes of the Bill, for 2019 the sum of Php 3.8 Billion was the total lifeline subsidy. The national government should assume the payment of the lifeline subsidy to the power industry stakeholders.
This proposal is fair and reasonable to all consumers.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the hearing of SB 1583.
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM