Gov. Joet Garcia said the provincial government is studying to give electric bill subsidy to the poorest of the poor electric consumers in the province.
Pinag-aaralan natin yung consumption pattern ng ating mga kababayan tinitingnan natin baka makahingi tayo ng subsidy sa DSWD lalo na para sa mga poorest of the poor kung hindi na talaga bababa presyo ng kuryente, the governor said in recent press briefing.
Hinihintay lang natin yung data ng consumption bracket ng mga consumers sa ating lalawigan mula Penelco para mapag-aralan, he said.
Isa pa sa nabangggit yung parang long-term agreement, installment, halimbawa ang P16 per kilowatt hour ang rate, ang babayaran lang P13 per kilowatt hour, kapag bumaba na ang halaga ng kuryente, halimbawa maging P8 per kilowatt hour, dun na idagdag yung P3 kaya magiging P11 per kilowatt hour, he explained.
The governor said it was implemented in nearby Zambales.
Garcia said in his meeting with Penelco, the latter cited the high cost of coal used by power producers to generate electricity for their high power rate. Penelco has contract with power producers.
The governor said he will meet Penelco and power producers to tackle the issue. Bataan electric consumers have been lambasting Penelco especially through social media for high power rate and frequent unannounced power interruptions.