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Jam-jam Baronda: Give More Power a chance

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The House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Franchises on Wednesday thumbed down the proposal granting Panay Electric Co. (Peco) the franchise to distribute power in Iloilo City.

The franchise of Peco, the city’s sole power distributor for the past 90 years, expired on January 18, 2019.

Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda, a member of the committee, opposed the renewal as it would only “create more issues, court more litigations, and produce more problems.”

More Electric and Power Corporation (More Power) should be given a chance to deliver electricity services in the city, added Baronda.

“Let us, therefore, give MORE a chance to comply with its commitments made before this committee last year, when it then approved MORE’s franchise,” she said during the committee hearing.

Last February 14, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11212 granting MORE a 25-year power distribution franchise to operate in Iloilo City.