Consider consumer welfare, SC urged

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    Residents of Iloilo City led by the city’s biggest transport cooperative, urged the Supreme Court to take into consideration the situation of 65,000 customers who will be directly impacted by its decision over the legal tussle between two distribution utilities.

    “We know that in terms of legal issues, the magistrates look at the rule of law but we hope they can also consider the appeal of the consumer and prioritize it and really look at the situation in Iloilo City and the huge difference in power supply in Iloilo. We were relieved when our electricity problems were resolved and hopefully this is what the SC will really look into,” said Halley Alcarde, general manager of Western Visayas Transport Cooperative (WVTC).

    More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) and former distributor Panay Electric Co. (PECO) are locked in legal issue over the right to distribute electricity in Iloilo City.

    Francis Gentoral, executive director of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation Inc., said transparency in power distribution is crucial in their goal to actively attract investors in the city.

    MORE Power holds the legislative franchise to operate the electricity distribution system of Iloilo City but PECO has questioned as unconstitutional the takeover of its business operations.