DILG chief directs LGUs to fast track EDUs operation

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Bernardo Florece, Jr. has directed local government units (LGUs) to fast track the operation of electric distribution utilities or EDUs in their respective areas.

In a directive issued over the weekend, Florece urged all LGUs to ensure that permits, certifications, rights-of-way, and other pertinent documents required by law for the operation of EDUs are issued within the timeline set under the Ease of Doing Business Act.

“Electricity is essential in our day-to-day activities. LGUs should therefore fast track the issuance, approval, and release of permits and other requirements necessary for EDUs operations," he said.

He also said that LGUs must ensure that the transaction charges they impose on EDUs comply with the provisions of DILG-Department of Finance (DOF) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2019-01 on reasonable regulatory charges.

To ensure that power pilferers will be made to account for their illegal acts, the DILG OIC also enjoined LGUs to enact ordinances parallel with the national laws on anti-electricity pilferage and include mechanisms to identify and penalize violators.

He also asked the Bureau of Fire Protection to provide the PNP with relevant information on fire incidents caused by damaged, destroyed, or compromised electric power transmission lines or facilities. (PIA NCR)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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