Pacquiao wants power rates cut by 30 to 50%

Pacquiao wants power rates cut by 30 to 50%

PROMDI presidential aspirant Sen, Manny speaks to his supporters in one of his campaign sorties. (Photo supplied)

MANILA — Knowing full well how expensive power rates are in the country, PROMDI presidential candidate Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao has vowed to cut them by at least 30 percent and up to half if he gets elected in the upcoming May elections this year.

Speaking before his campaign rally in Catarman, Northern Samar, the People’s Champ was asked by attending media men about his plans to address the electricity woes in the province which experiences unstable supply and high rates.

“Isa ‘yan sa mga aaksyunan ko,” Pacquiao quickly replied.

“Gusto ko pababain and kuryente kasi tayo ang may pinakamahal na singil ng kuryente sa buong Asya eh. Gusto ko pababain siya ng 30 percent to 50 percent. Malaking bagay sa atin ‘yan,” he added.

The Pinoy boxing icon and incumbent senator opined that hidden charges imposed by power companies allegedly inflate the country’s electricity costs so he has vowed to eradicate such a system and stressed the importance of having an independent market operator.

“Ang sabi sa batas nating kailangan talaga alisin na iyong mga kompanys d’yan at kumuha tayo ng tunay na independent market operator para ma-control ang presyo ng kuryente,” he noted.

Early in the start of the campaign period in February, Pacquiao had already proposed the construction of floating nuclear power plants to boost the country’s energy supply and lower electricity bills.

While campaigning in San Pablo City, Laguna, the PROMDI standard-bearer had raised the need to review the country’s energy policies as he criticized the decision of previous governments to privatize utilities including the power sector.

:Hindi ako pabor sa pagsasapribado ng public utilities habang panay ang utang natin. Dapat sana ay asset natin ang utilities dahil makaka pag-generate ng revenue para sa gobyerno. Kaso mas naging polisiya ng gobyerno ang mangutang,” he pointed out.

“Matagal nang sinasamantala ng mga pribadong kompanya ang taongbayan sa sobra nilang paniningil sa tubig at kuryente,” he enthused.

“Dapat tignan nating maigi ito dahil isa ito sa pangunahing dahilan kung bakit naghihirap tayo. Hindi ko nga malaman ang dahilan na sa anim na taon nakalipas ay hindi man lang na dagdagan ang ating mga power generators,” he further said.

And while he has no intention to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), Pacquiao said he is keen on using nuclear energy to improve the country’s power generation capacity.

He underscored that he prefers the use of floating nuclear power plants that are also known as nuclear barges to increase the country’s energy supply and lower the cost of electricity.

“Bibigyang pansin natin ang lahat ng mga puwedeng maging source ng enerhiya pero pag-aaralang mabuti para sa pagkakataong ito ay hindi na tayo kulangin sa ating power supply,” he stressed.

Aside from the utilization of nuclear sources for additional power supplies, Pacquiao likewise said he favors the use of renewable energy sources in the country’s power mix such as solar, wind, and mini-hydro. (AI/MTVN)

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