The ERC, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed the IRR for Republic Act No. 11552 on October 28, 2022.
RA 11552 is also called “An Act Extending and Strengthening the Implementation of the Lifeline Rate, Amending for the Purpose Section 73 of Republic Act No. 9136 (Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2021).”
This new law extends the 20-year coverage subsidy for low-income electricity users for another 30 years. So, 50 years together.
Based on data from the ERC, the program gave marginalized consumers an average monthly subsidy of Php541 million to about Php6 million during the first half of 2022.
EPIRA says that the lifeline rate is the subsidy rate given to people with low incomes who can’t pay their electricity bill in full. Discounts offered to these consumers vary based on how the regulatory body calculates per distribution utility (DU).
The people eligible for the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” or 4Ps, are the first to get the extra money.
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