City Council asks Ceneco to consult consumers first

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) was asked to consult consumers on its “One Bill Policy.”

In a resolution approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Councilor Simplicia Distrito asked the Ceneco board and management to reconsider the policy.

Distrito said that through the consultation, Ceneco can come up with various payment methods or to extend the period for bills payment.

Distrito said Ceneco recently reminded its member-consumers of its strict implementation of the “One Bill Policy”.

The  One Bill Policy provides that member-consumer-owners (MCOs) must settle their electricity bill within nine days after receiving them. Failure to do will make the account past due and could led to penalties and even disconnection.

Distrito said the implementation of the policy is seen to be disadvantageous to low income earners in the city as the number of days provided in the policy to settle the bill is very short.

She added that many of constituents of Bacolod, who are also consumers of Ceneco, are clamoring against the policy.

According to them, it seems so sudden and there was no consultation held where they could air out their concerns and sentiments over it, Distrito said.