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.