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August 29, 2020

Committee on Energy


Pasay City

Re : SB 1583

Sir /Madam:

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