Electric coop urges member-consumers to report incidents of pilferage

By Roi Lomotan

The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) is urging its member-consumers to report incidents of pilferage to the electric cooperative.

NORECO-I Area Operations Manager Erlyn Zamora said pilferage and flying connections are contributors to systems loss which later on appear in the electric bills of member-consumers.

Zamora cited as an example an individual who illegally taps electricity and consumes 10,000 kilowatt hour, the amount of energy that person consumed will automatically be part of the electric cooperative’s systems loss which will be distributed to the member-consumers.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) allows electric cooperatives to distribute systems loss charges among the member-consumers as long as it is within the 13 percent systems loss rate limit.

Zamora said that once the systems loss rate exceeds the 13 percent limit, the electric cooperative shall subsidize the additional charges for systems loss rate.

The NORECO-I official reported in a Kapihan sa PIA forum here on Jan. 31 that the systems loss rate recorded last year was 12.72 percent.

“Kanang 12.72% kung naa kawat na kuryente diha na one percent, apil siya sa balayran ni consumer (If there is one percent of illegally consumed energy in the 12.72 percent, then it is automatically passed on to the consumer),” Zamora noted.

With this, Zamora emphasized that it is important that member-consumers report incidents of pilferage to them.

“We encourage everyone to report. You may reach us through our hotline number and we will keep the identity (of the informan) a secret,” Zamora told the attendees of the Kapihan.

Meanwhile, NORECO-I Institutional Services Manager Jonah Maxino disclosed that the Board of the Directors passed a policy which increases the incentive of individuals who would report incidents of pilferage from P500 to P1,000.

The incentive will be given to the informant once the reported incident of pilferage was confirmed and validated.

Zamora said once they recover the losses caused by illegal connections, they will deduct it from the over-all systems loss rate which would eventually reflect in the electric bill of member consumers.

Member-consumers are encouraged to contact the electric cooperative through their number 0917-314-1940.


Cebuano News: Pagbayad ug buhis nga walay multa giuswag ngadto sa Pebrero 28

By Leandria Pagunsan

Ang pagbayad sa buhis sa lungsod sa Sibulan, Negros Oriental nga walay ipahamtang nga multa gi-uswag gikan sa Enero 20 ngadto na sa Pebrero 28, 2018 matud ni Concordia Ablir, municipal treasurer sa maong lungsod.

Namahayag si Ablir, gi uswag kini aron mahatagan ug higayon ang mga katawhan ilabi na ang mga negosyante sa Sibulan nga makapangita ug dugang pondo nga ibayad sa ilang buhis.

Ang paghatag ug uswag gi aprubahan ni Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera pinaagi sa Municipal Ordinance No. 3 series of 2018.

Giawhag pagbalik ni Ablir ang mga negosyante nga mubayad sa ilang buhis sa dili pa moabot ang gitagal nga adlaw aron walay dugang multa nga ipahamtang sa bayranang buhis.

Ang buhis nga mosulod sa panudlanan sa lokal nga buhatan sa Sibulan gigamit alang sa mga proyekto ug programa nga maghatag ug kaayohan sa mga Sibulanon.

DOE warns Negrenses vs butane canisters refilled with LPG

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Energy (DOE) warned Negrenses on the risks of using butane canisters refilled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Science Research Specialist Evander Diola of DOE said the disposable butane canisters are used on a one-time basis only and must not be refilled with LPG, which has a higher pressure than butane, and thus may cause accidents or explosion while in use.

Based on existing Philippine National Standards for gas containers, only “welded steel cylinders” are designed for storage, transport, and distribution of LPG for domestic consumption.

Diola emphasised that these butane canisters are not designed to be refilled with LPG which have higher chances of leaking and exploding.

DOE-Visayas Field Office Sr. Science Research Specialist Evander Diola talks about LPG Safety in a forum organized by PIA in Dumaguete City on Jan. 24, 2018 (PIA)

LPG cylinders are safe because the quality standard is mandated, however, some people use butane gas for cooking as it is cheaper, Diola added.

The DOE official also reminded consumers that in buying LPG cylinders, they should check the condition of the tank and weight.

“Be sure that the cylinders are in good condition because there are some that are rusty, and it can be dangerous at times. When looking for this, make sure to look for retail outlets with DOE Standard Compliance Certificate,” Diola said.

Consumers should know the authenticity of an LPG to make it safe, which is why they should make sure to buy cylinders that have branded names, logo, where the net weight is indicated, he added. (With reports from Hannah Diane Bengco, SU Intern)