MANILA, Philippines – Anti-privatization group Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) today expressed dismay over the awful performance of the state-owned Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) for contributing the most in the energy sector’s total debt which has now ballooned to almost P1 trillion from P807.8 billion before the implementation of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) in 2001.

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Tens of thousands of Filipino households in 22 cities and provinces in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao switched off lights and staged noise barrages to demand lower electricity rates, according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) which led the protest action.

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Stressing that they can no longer bear the burden of increasing price of electricity, members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition – Women’s Committee are taking the lead in the “Power-Off” campaign on October 11 when communities, offices and households in various parts of the country will switch their lights off and hold noise barrage from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

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Various groups issue support for the Power-Off 10.11.11 campaignThe Freedom from Debt Coalition announced, in a press conference, that its call for a National Day of Protest on October 11 against the skyrocketing cost of electricity is gathering more and more support from many sectors throughout the country.

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MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition and officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission met Friday in a “face-off” to discuss ways to reduce the skyrocketing rates of electricity and to empower consumers in the country.

However, the regulatory body allowed only six representatives from the advocacy group to participate in the dialogue held at the former’s office in Ortigas Center, prompting around 80 leaders of various community-based organizations to stage a picket protest outside the venue.

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