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MAASIN CITY, May 10 (PIA) -- The Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (SOLECO) launched the Pantawid Liwanag Program which aims to waive payments of electric bills for lifeline consumers under its area of coverage greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local electric cooperative’s program will ease the burden of lifeliners by exempting them from bill payments for the month of May 2020, said Allan Ferrer, member development officer, in an interview with PIA.

Around 32,344 lifeliners with 20 kilowatt-hour or less electric consumption for the month of May are the target beneficiaries of SOLECO’s Social Corporate Responsibility amid the COVID-19 crisis, he said.

Presently, SOLECO has more than 100,000 active member consumer-owners (MCO), he added.

Ferrer surmised that it would entail a hefty fund requirement amounting to more than P3 million for its implementation.

He also disclosed that the funds intended for major institutional activities such as the holding of the Annual General Members Assembly (AGMA), among others were cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic and redirected said funds for this noble purpose.

Not all MCOs can avail due to limited funds, Ferrer explained.

Qualified consumers need not apply for this to benefit the program as they will receive zero electric bill for the month of May, he added. (ldl/esg/PIA SoLeyte)