Continuation of ‘no disconnection policy’ for lifeline electric consumers, Duterte approved
Written by DZAT on February 5, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recommendation to pursue a “no disconnection policy” for low-consumption electric consumers or so-called lifeline customers.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said President Duterte made the decision last night at the 51st Cabinet meeting.
According to Sec. Nograles, President Duterte agreed that electricity is a basic necessity that cannot be left out of the lives of the people.
The DOE said that although the lifeliners are 32 percent of the customer base, they only have a three percent share in electricity sales so the said “no disconnection policy” can be done first.
At the same time, President Duterte also allegedly urged Congress to extend the subsidy to poor consumers for 30 years or from 2021 to 2051.