Iloilo City government eyes taking over power distribution

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With two power firms locked in a dispute over the rights to distribute electricity in Iloilo City, the city government is eyeing taking on the job.

City Councilor R. Leone Gerochi said the city could take over the power distribution chores, under police power.

He said their priority is to prevent the blackouts in the city next year (

The present dispute involves Panay Electric Company (PECO) and MORE Electric and Power Corp (MORE Power).

PECO’s congressional franchise will expire in January 2019. It has applied for a renewal of its franchise but the application is stuck in the House of Representatives.

But PECO is questioning the power distribution capability of MORE Power, which secured the nod of the House and the Senate Committees on Public Services.

On the other hand, Gerochi said the transition may be difficult in the wake of PECO’s claim it will not sell its assets to MORE Power.