Mayor eyes including NGCP in class suit versus CENECO

Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said on Monday, May 22, that the inclusion of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) in a class suit to be filed against Central Negros Electric Cooperatives (CENECO) is being considered.

The mayor is spearheading a class suit against CENECO for power fluctuations and power surges that have destroyed appliances of Bacolod residents.

He said a private lawyer will be tapped to file the suit.

The mayor had earlier complained that the fluctuating power supply had destroyed his air conditioner.

They are gathering information on how to go about filing the case, he said.

Residents whose appliances were destroyed by the fluctuating power will have to document these by filing blotter reports and getting electricians to certify the cause of the damage, Benitez said.

CENECO acting general manager Arnel Lapore earlier said the fluctuating power was caused by the NGCP and was beyond the cooperative’s control.

Benitez said they could file the class suit against CENECO and NGCP, depending on the suggestion of the lawyer.

CENECO is supposed to have a protection system to shield its consumers from fluctuating power, he said.*

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