Increase in Ceneco power rates result of neglect of duty: Sancho

Consumer group Power Watch chided Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) board  president Jojit Yap’s statement that their 30-day suspension implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) in a May 30 decision was only a “slight offense due to procedural lapses and carelessness or indifference and there was no adverse effect” to the consumers.

“We want to correct that, this is an understatement on the part of the CENECO-BOD by trying to represent as less, than is the case, just like an apologist acting in defense of a failure to exercise the care that a prudent person usually exercises,” Wennie Sancho, Power Watch secretary-general, said Monday, July 18.

Ceneco’s residential rate for  July has increased by P2.0710 per kilowatt hour, from last month’s rate of P12.1171/kWh to P14.1881/kWh.

“We could not ignore the fact that the adverse financial effect of this simple neglect of duty to the consumers is not so small or unimportant or of so little consequence as to warrant little or no attention,” Sancho stressed.

He stressed that the latest increase is the “highest electricity rate ever in the history of Ceneco, courtesy of the Ceneco Board of Directors who were found guilty of simple neglect of duty, at the expense of the consumers in form of additional financial burden.”*

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