Need for a joint move

THERE is the risk of disruption in Iloilo‘s power supply with an impending conflict that can arise between Panay Electric Company (PECO) and MORE Electric and Power Corporation, once the latter’s franchise application is approved by Congress and signed by the President, covering the same area being served by PECO.

Earlier, even without yet possessing any power franchise, MORE made known its offer to buy PECO’s assets and plans to expropriate them, with authority from Congress, if PECO refuses to sell.

We wish that PECO would just join forces with MORE in providing electric service to Iloilo as suggested in our article last week. However, at this point in time, we have no news that PECO has changed mind about its stand to avail itself of legal remedies to ensure that the takeover by MORE will not happen.

The problem is that in this conflict between PECO and MORE, Iloilo’s power supply might be disrupted, a situation where Iloilo and its population can become the casualty.

While Cong. Jerry and Iloilo City mayor Joe III now belong to separate political camps, we wish to refer to them this serious problem of Iloilo that can happen once Congress awards the power franchise to MORE.

Disregarding politics but with concern for their constituents, we are asking Cong. Jerry and Mayor Joe to intervene and work together on this problem between PECO and MORE and find ways to reconcile their conflict so as not to disrupt our power supply.

Can our congressman and mayor do this?


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“The first government-constructed museum building in the country is Museo Iloilo.” (For comments or re-actions, please e-mail to


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