January 13, 2018
BACOLOD City – The cumulative outstanding power bill of the city from 2003 to 2017 amounted to P302,816,986.52, a letter from the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) stated.
Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) committee on energy chairman Councilor Dindo Ramos said he will recommend the amount to Mayor Evelio Leonardia after the city council receives a copy of the letter.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the SP committee on finance and appropriations, said the city has included in its 2018 budget the payment for electricity bills.
However, he was not certain how much the amount was. He said he has yet to check the “record.”
Earlier, City Administrator John Orola said the city allocated P7 million per month for the power bill this year.
The average electric consumption of the city is around P6 million , according to Orola.
In 2016, the city government and Ceneco had agreed to settle their dues with each other.
Leonardia that time said the city will pay its monthly bills
Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. had disclosed the local government’s unpaid bills amount to P271,892,324.06 from Jan. 2003 to July 2016.
City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan had recommended an “offsetting” of payment since Ceneco also owes the city real property and franchise taxes.
But after a dialogue on Nov. 14, 2016, offsetting was no longer an option./PN