MORESCO-1, DOE, ERC, and DSWD jointly rolled out Lifeline Rate Subsidy Accelerated Registration Caravan in El Salvador City

EL SALVADOR CITY (February 18, 2024). The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) found itself immersed in yet another eventful weekend as it partnered once again with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to conduct informative sessions on the Lifeline Rate subsidy program in Mindanao.

On February 18, 2024, the ERC, DOE, and DSWD convened in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, to extend their Mindanao-wide initiative of information and education campaigns (IECs) regarding the Lifeline program. This endeavor was made possible through the collaborative efforts of these agencies with the local government unit of El Salvador City and the Misamis Oriental I Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO I).

The previous Saturday, February 17, 2024, both beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and non-4Ps beneficiaries participated in the IEC held in Cagayan de Oro City. This event was organized in coordination with the local government of Cagayan de Oro and the Cagayan Electric Power & Light Company, Inc. (CEPALCO).

MORESCO-1 oversaw the Sinaloc leg in El Salvador, with operational support provided by the Institutional Services Department (ISD) Teams, along with assistance from the Laguindingan and Opol Service Area Teams and Customer Welfare Officers. Antonio S. Barcelona, the OIC Chief of the EPIMB-PMDD of the DOE, and Ms. Evelyn Baula, Energy Regulatory Officer II of the ERC Consumer Affairs Service-Mindanao Area Operations, conducted overviews of the Lifeline IRR | RA 11552.

The two (2) Misamis Oriental IECs drew an attendance of around 1,000 participants. The ERC, DOE, and DSWD also brought registration caravans to encourage qualified marginalized end-users (QMEs) to register to the electricity subsidy program and avail its benefits.

Calling all QMEs for Lifeline Discounted Rate Accelerated in Brgy Sinaloc, El Salvador City

Following a successful Visayas run and caravans from Ozamis and Dipolog cities, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), along with the Department of Energy (DOE), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), brought the information dissemination campaign on the Lifeline Rate program in Mindanao.

This coming Sunday, 18 February 2024, the ERC, DOE, and DSWD, in partnership with the Misamis Oriental 1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO-1) and the El Salvador City local government unit, will be in Sinaloc Covered Court in Brgy Sinaloc, El Salvador City to conduct an information and dissemination campaign (IEC) on the subsidy program.

Part of the campaign is also the on-site registration caravan to encourage more member-consumer-owners from low-income households to avail the discount on MORESCO-1 electricity bills.

The ERC, which will be led by Ms. Evelyn Baula, Energy Regulation Officer II of ERC-Consumer Affairs Service, Mindanao Area Operations Division, and speakers from other agencies will orient the qualified marginalized end-users (QMEs) on how to avail the subsidy in the hopes of mitigating the rising cost of electricity. We are inviting all MCOs from the 15 barangays of El Salvador City who wish to avail this opportunity to avail this discounted power rate to see us in Sinaloc Covered Court this coming Sunday, February


DOE urges 4Ps beneficiaries to avail of Government electricity lifeline program

The Department of Energy (DOE) strongly urges household beneficiaries listed under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to avail of the electricity lifeline rate program of the government in order to continue to get discounts on their electricity bills.

“There are 4.2 million household beneficiaries of 4Ps, and the registration for lifeline subsidy remains very low. Only those who register will continue to receive a reduction in their electricity bills beginning August 2023,” Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla said.

For lifeline consumers who have been struggling to make ends meet on their monthly budgets, electricity discounts could help them ease their pockets. The Secretary stressed that all they need to do is simply apply and register with their distribution utilities (DUs) or electric cooperatives (ECs).

The scale of rate reduction varies depending on the prevailing rates of the DUs. For instance, lifeline end-users in the Meralco franchise area with zero to 20 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of monthly consumption will be granted a 100 percent discount on the generation charges, including system loss, transmission, and distribution components of their bill, except for the fixed metering charge of PhP5.00, which means they will only be paying more or less PhP20.00 in their electric bills.

“If they do not avail of the program through MORESCO-1, they will have to shell out more or less PhP250.00, an amount which could otherwise be spent for their other needs such as food,” the Secretary said.

“We are not imposing a deadline on when the consumer could avail of the discounted rate. However, unless registered, they cannot avail of the benefits,” the Secretary said.

To apply for the lifeline rate program, any household consumer who is a beneficiary of the 4Ps must only submit to their DUs/ECs a duly accomplished application form, the most recent electricity bill, and any valid government-issued identification card (ID) containing the signature and address of the consumer.

Other marginalized end-user applicants who are not in the 4Ps beneficiaries but belong to a household of at least five (5) members and have a combined monthly income of PhP12,030, must submit to their DUs a certification by their local Social Welfare Development Office (SWDO) issued within six (6) months before the filing of the application showing their family income at the time of application, a duly accomplished form, most recent electricity bill and any government-issued ID containing the signature and address of the consumer. The monthly income threshold may change and vary for each DU franchise area as may be determined the Philippine Statistics Authority. ###

Department of Social Welfare and Development
National Electrification Administration