ERC chief files response to neglect of duty case

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2014 01:03 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2014 09:03 AM

MANILA – Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Zenaida Ducut on Friday replied to an administrative case filed against her before the Office of the President for neglect of duty.
The case is in connection with an initial complaint on the recent increase in electricity rates that has been stopped by the Supreme Court.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Ducut filed her comment to the complaint.

Ducut, however, has yet to respond to a second complaint for a similar charge.

Meanwhile, Valte said Malacanang has renewed its call for the public to conserve electricity as summer arrives in the country, which is usually characterized by bigger power consumption due to the use of appliances to cool down.

"Tingin ko po lahat naman ng magulang, ang tawag ngayon, to tighten belts, especially pagdating po ng summer at 'yung mga magulang tulad ko ay nag-iipon para doon sa tuition papasok. So talagang it's a foregone conclusion na nagtitipid ho ngayon 'yung mga magulang," Valte said.
But Valte stayed out of questions on the proposed interruptible load program, wherein private entities with their own generators will be paid so they don't have to tap into the national grid.
She said the Department of Energy, from her understanding, wants to implement a particular program when it comes to the big electricity users.

"I think they are still in consultations with the stakeholders when it comes to this particular program. So apart from 'yung kaliwanagan natin na kapag summer ay talagang mas tumataas 'yung konsumo natin ng kuryente, there are other ways also that the DOE is looking into just to make sure that they can meet the needs, especially at day. I will leave it to them," she said.