P7M a month for city’s Ceneco bills

BY MAE SINGUAY

Thursday, January 12, 2017

BACOLOD City – The city government is allocating P7 million a month for its electric bills.

Its average monthly electricity consumption is about P6 million, according to City Administrator John Orola.

Orola met with Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) general manager Sulpicio Lagarde and several Ceneco department heads at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.

On Dec. 27, 2016, Ceneco wrote Mayor Evelio Leonardia saying the city government’s “cumulative outstanding electricity bills” as of November 2016 have amounted to P297,912,977.03.

Lagarde appealed to city hall to settle its current monthly bills, averaging P6,663,010.80, while they draw up a “mutually acceptable settlement plan” for their respective past financial obligations.

Orola clarified that the P7 million will be only for the city’s current bills. The city government and Ceneco have yet to settle their collectibles from each other, he said.

A Supreme Court decision mandates all electric distribution utilities, including Ceneco, to pay real property taxes for its electric poles as assessed by local government units covered by its franchise.

Following are the amounts of the city government’s unpaid Ceneco bills:

* year 2009 – P6,027
* 2010 – P44,337.19
* 2011 – P84,565.53
* 2012 – P15,727,190.36
* 2013 – P46,648,526.72
* 2014 – P29,914,850.04
* 2015 – P40,449,226.08
* January to November 2016 – P50,756,612.52./PN