Isa sa mabibigat na pasanin ngayon hindi lamang ng mga karaniwang mamamayan, kundi maging ng mga negosyante, ang mataas na singil sa kuryente.

Nang maging batas ang Republic Act No. 9136 o ang Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) noong 2001, ipingako nito ang pagkakaroon ng abot-kaya at sapat na suplay ng kuryente.

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In a society where women are mostly in-charge of managing the household budget, higher electricity rates mean additional burdens and deeper indebtedness for Filipino women, especially those who already find it hard to make ends meet. Members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition – Women’s Committee picketing the office of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in Ortigas Center, sent this message to oppose an impending new wave of electricity rate hikes.

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MANILA, Philippines – The petition of National Power Corporation (Napocor) and Power Sector Assets Liabilities Management (PSALM) seeking to recover stranded debts and contract costs amounting to almost P140 billion or equivalent to 40 centavos per kilowatt-hour through the universal charge (UC) should be denied by the Energy Regulatory Commission for lack of merit and substance, according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition.

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The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) is a staunch advocate of renewable energy. FDC has long pushed for a transition in the Philippines away from fossil fuel dependence and towards sustainable, renewable energy. FDC believes the enjoyment of clean, renewable energy is a basic human right, just as access to clean water is a basic right of Filipinos. FDC believes that even without the climate crisis, the transition to renewable energy should be made, because it lessens air pollution dramatically and it reduces our country's dependence on foreign sources of energy, particularly a volatile international oil market dominated by cartels and greedy corporate interests. Unfortunately, unjust, onerous and fundamentally flawed policies that continue to dominate the electricity sector, however, are preventing working Filipinos from fully enjoying this right.

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psalm-debtMANILA, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) today welcomed the move of House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” R. Tañada III, asking “Congress and the executive department to convene an inter-agency, inter-branch, and multi-stakeholder process to discuss and decide whether consumers can afford a full pass-on of the PSALM debts and losses, and to look for other approaches in retiring the obligations of PSALM.”

PSALM, or the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp., is the government body mandated by Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) to manage the privatization of the state’s power assets and handle the liabilities of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

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