After the war: Marawi seeks moratorium for residents to pay power bills

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Posted at Oct 25 2017 09:29 AM

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Local officials in Marawi City are urging the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative to allow a moratorium for residents to pay their power bills following the end of the 5-month siege in the southern city.

On Tuesday, the technical working group headed by the local government unit met with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and heads of 96 villages in Marawi. They talked about the return of displaced residents.

The LGU asked LASURECO if they can give a two-month moratorium for the residents to pay their bills and power reconnection, but the cooperative only allowed a one-month moratorium.

“Hinihingi po namin na may moratorium doon sa pagbabayad ng kanilang mga utang. Importante, makabitan sila agad-agad ng kuryente,” said Cabs Pacasum Jr. of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Marawi City.

Jalal Disma was informed that they can already return to their house in Barangay Basak Malutlut within the week. But he is worried because the lineman of LASURECO said they must pay first to have their power supply back.

“Sabi po nila pagmagpapakabit ng ilaw kailangan pa pong magbayad ng P1,000. Masakit po kasi wala pa kaming hanapbuhay para pambayad sa LASURECO,” said Disma.

The local government said it will initially allow two family members and village officials to enter and sleep in their houses in 9 pilot villages beginning October 26th.

On the same day, a peace caravan will be held and will include the installation of water pipes and electric posts.

Meanwhile, the City Health Office in Marawi conducted water sampling and testing at the water source of the city. They also inspected water pumping stations.

“Kailangan we are sure that the water source natin ay free from any contamination," said Dr. Ali Dalidig. ANC, Headstart, 25 October 2017