Leyeco II reconnects streetlights in Tacloban
TACLOBAN CITY- The possible occurrence of illegal activities during night time was seriously considered why the Leyte II Electric Cooperative (Leyeco II) has decided to reconnect street lights which were earlier cut off of power supply due to the failure of the city government to settle its outstanding debt to said facility.
Thus said Engr. Vicente Majadillas, officer-in-charge of the Leyeco II, who also added that the city government under Mayor Alfred Romualdez has partially paid its outstanding debt of more than P 10 million.
“We also considered the peace and order situation reason why we have reconnected these street lights. Anyway, the city government has partly settled its account and at the same time, has promised to pay us(its remaining balance),” Majadillas said.
The Leyeco II cut off several street lights maintain by the city government last August 13 located in several major thoroughfares of Tacloban like those located along the bus terminal area; Young Field area; Real Street; San Jose and Magsaysay Boulevard.
Power connections were restored back to these street lights a day after these were cut off by the Leyeco II and after the city government paid an amount of P3.1 million.
The outstanding debt of the city government total to P10.7 million representing the months of May, June and July, records of the Leyeco II reveals.
The city government maintains close to 200 accounts at the Leyeco II representing street lights, barangay halls, public schools and buildings owned and it maintains, among others.
The city government, at the average, consumed power consumption worth about P3 million.
City administrator Tecson John Lim, in a press conference, said that the city government is now in the process of settling its remaining debts to the Leyeco II.
He, however, said that they would scrutinize some of the bills sent to them by the Leyeco II to check if these were correct billings.
Thus, he is advancing a proposal that a meter reader from the Leyeco II be accompanied by a personnel from the City Hall.
The power rates for public utilities and street lights are different from those of residential or commercial rates.
As of August, a public building has a power rate of P7.63 per kilowatt hour and it is P8.11 per kilowatt for a streetlight.A residential, for one, has a power rate of P8.27 per kilowatt hour. (JOEY A. GABIETA)
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