Davao Light, DSWD 11 hold Onsite Lifeline Rate Subsidy Application

Qualified Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries apply for Lifeline Rate Discount at Cinema 6 of SM Lanang Premier in Davao City on Monday. Davao Light and Power Company, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development 11 (DSWD 11) and SM Lanang Premier, hold a 2-week long Onsite Application for Lifeline Rate Subsidy, which aims to increase awareness and applications for Lifeline Rate Discount among qualified 4Ps beneficiaries. LEAN DAVAL JR
Qualified Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries apply for Lifeline Rate Discount at Cinema 6 of SM Lanang Premier in Davao City on Monday. Davao Light and Power Company, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development 11 (DSWD 11) and SM Lanang Premier, hold a 2-week long Onsite Application for Lifeline Rate Subsidy, which aims to increase awareness and applications for Lifeline Rate Discount among qualified 4Ps beneficiaries. LEAN DAVAL JR

The Davao Light and Power Co., Department of Social Welfare and Development 11 (DSWD 11), and Department of Energy (DOE)-Mindanao, in partnership with SM Lanang Premier, hold an Onsite Lifeline Rate Subsidy Application from September 18 to 30, 2023 at Cinema 6 of SM Lanang Premier.

The Lifeline Rate provides a discount on electricity bills of qualified marginalized or low-income customers whose monthly electricity consumption is 100kWh or below. The subsidy is based on the discount level set by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and is applied to the generation, transmission, distribution, supply, metering, and systems loss charges only.

Under the new guidelines of Republic Act 11552 or “An Act Extending and Enhancing the Implementation of the Lifeline rate, Amending for the Purpose, Section 73 of Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001,” the qualified customers for the subsidy are the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and those non-4Ps beneficiaries or those living below the poverty threshold established by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with certification issued by the local Social Welfare Development Office (SWDO).

Last month, Davao Light sought the assistance of DSWD 11 for low-income households enrolled under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The 2-week-long activity aims to increase awareness and applications for Lifeline Rate Subsidy and expects to cater to over 6,000 4Ps beneficiaries from barangays Agdao, Buhangin A, and Buhangin B.

Fermin P. Edillon, head of the Reputation Enhancement Department of Davao Light, said on Monday that currently 403 invidivuals are already enrolled for the subsidy before the start of the on-site application.

“Isa sa mga reasons ngano naa ta sa SM kay isa sa among ginabuhat na instead sila ang muadto sa amoang service center kami muadto sa ilaha. Daghan ta lain options na ginabuhat ug isa lang ni para masegurado na mag increase ang atoang number na registrants. Isa ni sa mga opportunities na makakuha sila ug diskwento,” Edillon said in an interview.

Out of the more than 475,000 customers of Davao Light, around 65,000 are eligible to apply for the subsidy.

However, unqualified to avail of the subsidy are those living in condominium units and subdivisions unless under government housing programs; those who are under the Net Metering Program; violators of the Anti-Pilferage Act; and those who are not in the 4Ps list of the DSWD and do not have a certification from the local SWDO.

Eligible customers will need to submit requirements and complete the official application form at any of the distribution utility’s accredited customer service centers at NCCC Mall VP, NCCC Panacan, MS Land Bldg. in McArthur Highway, Canete Bldg. in Calinan, Panabo Rivera, or at Inson Bldg. in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte. The documentary requirements include the customer’s recent electricity bill, valid government ID, and SWDO Certification for those non-4Ps beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, customers who are currently enjoying the lifeline rate subsidy will have to reapply to continue to receive it provided that they qualify under the new guidelines. Otherwise, the subsidy will be lifted in September.

Davao Light clarified that applications will undergo a validation process, and once confirmed, Davao Light will issue a Certification of Lifeline Coverage to the customer.

For non-4Ps beneficiaries, validity will be for 3 years from the issuance of Certification from SWDO, and they may apply for renewal two months before the expiration of their certification to the mentioned government agency.

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