Another 30 years of Lifeline Rate to almost 6 million families

About six million Filipino families, the “poorest of the poor,” will receive assistance on their monthly electricity bills for another 30 years after the approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law on the expansion and extension of the law’s application. Life line rate.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) jointly signed Republic Act IRR No. 11552 on October 28, 2022. RA 11552, also known as “Act One”. Extending and improving the application of the lifeline rate, amending Article 73 of the Republic Act for the purpose. No. 9136 (Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2021).” DOE Secretary Raphael PM Lotilla said, “The lifeline degree program in the Philippines is one of the best designed lifeline degree programs in the world; ours is better targeted.” The DOE headed by Lotilla is tasked with developing and disseminating the policy guidelines of RA 11552, ensuring the lawful implementation of the law and its IRR.

The assignment is in line with the strong commitment of the administration of President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. to ensure that the benefits of the government’s energy policies and programs are felt by the poorest. Implementation of Fair and Equitable Lifeline Subsidy Qualified marginalized electricity end-users are the targets of the signed IRR, pursuant to RA1152, in order to ensure equitable distribution of subsidies to beneficiaries. The DSWD has expressed its commitment to help implement the IRR to achieve its “fair and just” goal.

Another 30-year subsidy to 6 million electricity consumers The amendment to Section 73 of EPIRA (RA No. 10150) revises the 20-year coverage subsidy provision to electricity consumers and gives an extended period (an additional 30 years) to the subsidy.

This means that marginal sector consumers of electricity will continue to enjoy government subsidy on their electricity bill for another 30 years after the end of the first 20 years in the original RA. This is almost like a person benefiting from a partially subsidized electricity bill for almost their entire adult life. ERC records show that during the first six months of 2022, beneficiaries have already received an average of P541 Million in subsidies per month from the lifeline rate program. Actual rebates vary depending on each Distribution Utility (DU) calculation approved by ITM.

Eligible households – target of extended subsidy period The priority main beneficiaries of the extended subsidy period are the beneficiaries of qualified households under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act in the DSWD. The 4Ps aim to reduce national poverty by providing cash transfers to extremely poor families to improve health, nutrition and education. ERC chairperson and CEO Monalisa Dimalanta says the ERC will provide the marginalized end-user qualification criteria while the DSWD will provide a list of qualified household beneficiaries to ensure a uniform and objective procedure in identifying potential beneficiaries. Dimalanta emphasizes that the IRR is a product of effective inter-agency collaboration to provide better public service. In accordance with the law, the ERC, DOE and DSWD, in consultation with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and other public and private stakeholders, with the approval of the Joint Congressional Commission on Energy (JCPC), rules and regulations to implement the provisions of RA No. 11552.

 


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