By MAE SINGUAY
BACOLOD City — A consumer will file a case against the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco) for cutting his house’s electrical connection without prior notice.
Joemarie Llanera, 42, of Barangay Alijis, Valladolid town, said Noceco electrical technician Joshua Gottera cut their power at around 3 p.m. on Sept. 12.
According to Llanera, Gottera told his family that they have not paid their bill for August.
Llanera said he was working in this city at the time of the disconnection but went home immediately upon learning about it.
He insisted that he had already paid his P1,280.90 bill on Aug. 19.
Llanera brought his receipt to Noceco’s San Enrique Sub-office (SESO) to settle the matter.
He discovered that his payment was not recorded in Noceco’s database.
The teller who accommodated Llanera was Francis Quilantang, according to Cherrie Grace Abkilan, Noceco-SESO area manager.
Quintalang’s collection on Aug. 19 was short of more than P1,000, Abkilan said in an incident report.
Quilantang allegedly did not record Llanera’s payment to cover up the deficit.
Llanera claimed that he lost P150,000 worth of business transactions when he went immediately home on Sept. 12.
He said his lawyer is currently studying the case so they can file appropriate charges.
“I am opening this up to encourage other Noceco consumers to assert their rights,” Llanera said./PN