Go after power thieves, DILG tells PNP, LGUs

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assist local government units (LGUs) and electric distribution utilities (EDUs) in inspecting electric facilities and in identifying and penalizing power thieves.

"We received reports on the theft of power cables and rampant use of illegal jumpers, especially in informal settler communities,” said DILG Officer-in-Charge Bernardo Florece, Jr. in statement sent to the PIA-NCR following reports of continued pilferage of electric transmission lines.

“We have therefore directed the PNP and LGUs to work with EDUs in pinning down power thieves who illegally use electricity or commit theft of electric power transmission lines and materials,” he added.

Florece also tasked the PNP and concerned LGUs to assist EDUs in preventing and removing obstructions to electric power lines pursuant to the Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act.

The official issued the directive after the Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) committing to ensure public safety and continued delivery of electric service to consumers by EDUs. (DILG/PIA-NCR)


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

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