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Mr. Oscar Ala
Philippine Electricity Market Corporation
Laban Konsyumer Inc., ( LKI ) is a non profit , non stock registered corporation. LKI is a recognized consumer organization by the Department of Trade and Industry and a full time member of the Consumers International.
We are writing to request information for the purpose of enabling consumers to understand easily the prices in the spot market.
First, may we know the result of the investigation of possible collusion and spopt market manipulation that resulted to a Php 12.0427 pkwh for the month of July 2019 . This matter was part of the record of the Senate hearing held before the election . There was a commitment from the marlet operator to recommend penalities and fines when appropriate. When the report is ready, may we request for public disclosure of such a report.
Secondly, the prices in WESM went down to Php 5.8347 pkwh in August and Php 2.1844 pkwh in September 2019. The decline resulted to lower Meralco rates . May the consumers be informed on the circumastances for the substantial reduction . Hopefully,, the fundamentals of the Wesm market should result to a stable , predictable , reasonable and least cost of electricity for the consumers.
Thirdly, under your leadership, a full disclosure of the 24 -hour trading of price offers of the spot market to be published in major newspapers, similar to the practice being done in the stockmarket. The publication of the 24 hour trading market price shall be the best evidence of a competitive spot market. The Supreme Court had laid the basis for a competitive power market making mandatory the selection of power supply agreeement contractors . The spot market should emulate and mirror the principle laid by the Supreme Court.
Fourthly, there are policy issues that your leadership could address now thru the independent electricity market operator . The bill of Sen Raplh Recto requring a consumer representative in regulatory agencies is an innovative policy propsal that can be studied and considered by the PEMC Board.
We appreciate your reply on the above matters.
THE LETTER WAS ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIVED BY MR OSCAR ALA SEPT 10, 2019 AND AWAITING REPLY.
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM
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