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					                                            POWER NEWS
                                 The



                                OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

 VOLUME I NO. 2                                                                                                    DECEMBER 2003


Mga pinuno ng ERB/ERC                                                                                       It’ s
                                                                                                            It’s
     pinarangalan                                                                                      C hristmas
                          Sinulat nina Jojo Braza at Edwin Orogo
                                                                                                                Let’s
                                                                                                       Time! Let’ s
                                                                                                            art
                                                                                                          P arty!
                                                                                                              By Roshella O. Faberes



                                                                                                    I
                                                                                                         t’s barely a month to go before the year
                                                                                                        draws to a close and at ERC every divi
                                                                                                        sion is still beating the deadlines. De-
                                                                                                    spite all the year-end rush, ERC employees
                                                                                                    are looking forward to a well-deserved break
                                                                                                    from all the pressures of work. And for 2003,
                                                                                                    this break comes in the form of the Christ-
                                                                                                    mas Celebration slated on Friday the 19th.
                                                                                                          The celebration’s off-house venue has
                                                                                                    been reserved as early as August and the
                                                                                                    different task committees have been estab-
                                                                                                    lished since late September. The program and
Kuha ang larawan nang pasinayaan ang mga larawan ng mga dating namuno sa ERB/ERC mula sa            invitations has been assigned to the Regu-
kaliwa; Komisyoner Carlos R. Alindada, G. Onofre Barin, Kgg. Rex V. Tantiongco, Kgg. Melinda L.     latory Operations Service. The Planning and
Ocampo, Kgg. Ponciano G.A. Mathay, Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez, Gng. Luningning Faylona-
                                                                                                    Information Service is coordinating the
Lacuña, Kgg. Fe B. Barin, Atty. Donato Faylona, Komisyoner Leticia V. Ibay at Komisyoner Jesus N.
Alcordo.                                                                                            games and competitions while the Market



B
                                                                                                    Operations Service is in-charge of prizes and
         inigyan ng parangal ng                       Ang pinaka-unang namuno mula pa sa            awards. The Financial and Administrative
         kasalukuyang pamunuan ng ERC            panahon ng Oil Industry Commission na si           Service has been tasked with the registra-
         ang mga dating chairpersons ng          Hon. Mathay ang unang nagbigay ng                  tion, physical arrangement and mobilization.
ERB/ERC noong Nobyembre 24, 2003                 talumpati. Kahit na nagkaedad na si Hon.           The Legal Service will organize food and
pagkatapos ng flag ceremony.                     Mathay, madali pa rin siyang nakilala ng mga       beverage provisions and Consumer Affairs
     Natuwa ang mga kawani nang makita           kawani na noon pa lang siya nakita. Guwapo         Service is designated as the first aid commit-
nila ang kanilang mga dating lider. Apat sa      at matipuno pa rin siya tulad ng sa litrato        tee for the day-long activity.
pitong nakalipas na chairpersons ng Board/       niya na marahil ay kuha pa noong 1970s.                  Highlights of the affair include a sing-
Commission ang dumalo. Ito ay sina Hon.               Si Hon. Tantiongco ang nakatanggap            ing contest, an inter-service comedy skit
Ponciano Mathay, Hon. Rex V. Tantiongco,         ng pinakamalakas na palakpak. Ayon sa              competition, parlor games, a special presen-
Hon. Melinda Ocampo, at si Hon. Fe Barin.        kanya, hinahangaan niya si Chairman                tation by the Power Voice, a.k.a. the ERC
Lahat sila ay nagpasalamat sa kasalukuyang       Sanchez at pinupuri dahil, katulad niya, iniisip   Chorale, the launch of the official ERC Hymn
chairman na si Atty. Manuel Sanchez sa           nito ang kapakanan ng mga taong kasama             and some surprise numbers. Of course, the
parangal at hinimok ang mga kawani na            niyang naglilingkod sa taong bayan.                party will not be complete without our co-
magkaisa upang gawing mas matatag ang
organisasyon.                                                         Continued on page 3                               Continued on page 4
 Editorial




        CONSUMER INTEREST, WELFARE AND PROTECTION


T
        he Law gives the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) enor-          enable consumers to reach the ERC through the popular ‘text mes-
        mous responsibilities. One of the major policies called for is     saging system”, and the issuance of the Consumer Bill of Rights &
        the establishment of a strong and purely independent regu-         Obligations.
latory body and system to ensure consumer, welfare and protection,              In the present era, where the consumers are restless in their
and enhance the competitive operation of the electricity market. It        desire for satisfaction, improvement, and progress, the act of the
provides the specific requirement that the ERC shall handle con-           Commission, in coordination with the Electric utilities, in exerting
sumer complaints and ensure adequate protection of consumer in-            continuous and speedy search for technology solutions and man-
terests.                                                                   agement practices for consumer satisfaction and protection is rea-
      The Commission is, however, faced with the continuous chal-          son enough to be optimistic.
lenge of striking an equitable balance between protecting the inter-            In our festive mood this YULLETIDE season, we must not for-
est of the consumer, utility investors and all the other electric indus-   get – we have a duty to our country and to our fellow Filipinos.
try players. It bears emphasis that the Commission is in the busi-              MERRY CHRISTMAS and MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT!!!
ness of regulating the electricity business. It behooves the Com-
mission to stay alert, closely monitor developments and adopt regu-
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latory policies that ensure the industry stakeholders of order and
stability in its regulatory processes. The Commission thus
endeavours to perform its combined function – quasi-judicial, quasi-                                   EDITORIAL STAFF
legislative and administrative – consistent with its mandated duties        EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/ Fructuoso C. Lagunzad, Jr; ASSOCIATE EDITOR/
and responsibilities.                                                       Rodolfo R. Vinluan; ARTIST/ Lino P. Pagkatipunan; STAFF WRITERS/
      Consumers protection goes beyond utility compliance with              Rolando S. Braza, Sharon O. Montañer, Ronces Anne Reyes, Ricci
performance and technical standard. In some advanced jurisdic-              Mejorada, Nimrod M. Pañares, Edwin N. Orogo, Marrilyn M. Ferry, Ranillo
                                                                            E. Maatubang, Alvin Jones M. Ortega, Alma C. Clemente, Jean Astrid C.
tions where customer satisfaction has been the central focus of             Francisco, Rhett Roswell Mislang, Atanacio Dela Roca, James S.
utility business, electric utilities strictly observed the “Customer        Juganas, Lisaflor G. Bacani, Judith L. Mangosing, Marives D. Santos,
Service Standard”. In our jurisdiction, the Commission has strived          Ma. Corazon C. Gines, Elmar M. Agir, Roshella O. Faberes, Abul Khayr
to adopt measures meant to meet and fulfill the challenge of the            Amalon M. Alonto II
demand for consumer satisfaction. These include, among others,                               MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION
speedy resolution of consumers complaints, creation of a perma-
nent “Consumer Complaint Desk” at ERC and in all electric utilities         CHAIRMAN/ Manuel R. Sanchez; COMMISSIONERS/ Oliver B. Butalid,
and other providers of electric power to oversee the promotion of           Leticia V. Ibay, Carlos R. Alindada,Jesus N. Alcordo.
consumer interests, dissemination of rate-related resolutions and           The POWER News is a publication of the Energy Regulatory Commis-
decisions through the ERC website and the media, the TEXT-ERC to            sion produced by the Public Information Division.

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           South Asia regulators visit ERC

D
         elegates to the World Energy Sum-
         mit held in Manila from South Asia
         visited the Energy Regulatory Com-
mission to learn from its regulatory experi-
ence. Commissioner Leticia V. Ibay led the
briefing, with the able support of Sharon
Montañer and Jojo Braza from the Planning
and Information Service (PIS).
     The group was given a background on
Philippine electric power industry and how
ERC is proceeding with its regulatory func-
tions.
     The organization of the ERC was exten-
sively discussed, followed by an update on
the milestones and achievements of the          ERC meets South Asia guests. Standing (L-R) Dir. Anthony Alden AguIlar (ROS), Jojo Braza
Commission. Commissioner Leticia V. Ibay        (PIS), Hussnain Zaigham Alvi (Pakistan), Loc Man Maskey (Nepal), T.N. Thakur (India), Zubair
concluded the meeting by enumerating the        Javed (Pakistan), Ashwani Rapir (India), Priyantha Wijayatunga (Sri Lanka), Murali Pokhrel (Nepal)
regulatory challenges faced by the Philip-      and .A.L.W.A. Perera (Sri Lanka). Sitting (L-R) Fel Limos, Begum Mahmuda (Bangladesh), Ericka
                                                Monger (U.S.E.A.), Comm. Leticia Ibay (ERC), Bang Chingcuanco (Gabrielle) and Sharon Montañer
pines in the light of developments in the       (PIS).
economy and the electric power business.
     The group was interested in the organi-         The delegates expressed their gratitude      and regulatory reforms in their respective
zation of the ERC and how it relates to the     for the reception given to them by ERC and        jurisdictions. - RSB
other agencies involved in the development      for the vital information they gathered to give
of the electric power industry.                 them a jumpstart in implementing industry

                                                     Masaya at lubos na nagpasalamat si                Mababakas sa mukha ng mga dating
Mga Pinuno... from page 1
                                                Chairman Sanchez sa lahat ng dumalo lalo          chairpersons ang pagkagalak na muli silang
     Si Hon. Ocampo naman ay                    na sa mga dating chairpersons. “Ang               makabalik sa opisina ng ERC. Damang-dama
nagpasalamat sa lahat ng nakasama niya          dedikasyon at pamumuno ng mga dating              pa rin nila ang pagiging bahagi ng
noong siya pa ang namumuno ng ahensya.          lider ang nagdala sa organisasyon sa estado       organisasyon. Ilan sa kanila ang humiling
Inamin niya na hindi naging madali ang          nito ngayon at magsisilbing inspirasyon sa        na mapadalhan sila ng kopya ng mga litrato
trabaho noong panahon niya, ngunit lahat        kasalukuyan at sa darating pang mga kawani        na kinuha habang ginaganap ang parangal.
ng kanilang ginawa ay para sa kabutihan ng      nito,” sabi ni Chairman Sanchez.                       Pinabaunan ng Public Information Ser-
nakararami. Hindi lamang siya napakatalino,          Sa isang simpleng salu-salo sa ERC           vice ng isang kopya ng kanilang larawan ang
napakaganda pa.                                 Board Room, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na           bawat chairperson at kamag-anak na dumalo.
     Ang tinitingalang ina ng ERC na si Hon.    makapag palitan ng karanasan sa ERB/ERC
Barin ay ibinalik din ang parangal sa lahat     ang mga dating pinuno ng Board/Commis-
ng naka trabaho niya sa bagong ahensya at       sion.
hinimok ang mga kawani na ibigay ang lahat
ng kanilang makakaya para matupad ang
lahat na layunin ng buong organisasyon.
     Si Hon. Neptali Franco ay hindi nakadalo
pero ipinaabot niya ang kanyang mensahe
sa pamamagitan ng isang liham. Sinabi niya
na isang magandang proyekto itong naisip
ni Chairman Sanchez. Si Hon. Marcelo
Fernando naman ay may sakit kaya hindi rin
nakarating. Si Hon. Bayani Faylona na
pumanaw na noong taong 2001 ay kinatawan
ng kanyang kapatid na si Lunigning Faylona-     Ang mga larawan ng mga namuno sa ERB/ERC ay matatagpuan sa ika-16 na
Lacuña, pamangkin na si Atty. Donato            palapag bago pumasok ng ERC Board Room.
Faylona, at kaibigan na si Onofre Barin.
December 2003                                                                                                             The POWER News 3
     ERC DISCOVERS FAKE METER SEALS AND
            FALSIFIED TEST REPORTS
                                                             By Atty. Marizon Gines



O
          n October 22, 2003, ERC engineers       should be noted that no 2003 meter seals             The ERC’s Visayas Field Office also
          confirmed the existence of electric     have been manufactured and released by           found a fake ERC meter seal and falsified test
          watt-hour meters bearing fake ERC       ERC.                                             report on August 11, 2003.
meter seals and falsified meter test reports.          On June 12, 2003, while on field assign-        To complement its drive, ERC also met
Consumer Affair Service personnel posed as        ment at the Public Utilities Department in       with electric meter dealers in Metro Manila
buyers to a dealer in Pasay City. Said fake       Olongapo City, Engr. Rey Wilson Abesamis         and Cebu, on June 26, 2003 and September
meters were immediately brought to NBI for        was shown ERC meter test reports purport-        26, 2003 respectively. The purpose of the
the preparation of the documents necessary        edly submitted by consumers in support of
in filing the appropriate charges against the     the installation of electric watt-hour meters
perpetrators.                                     in their respective premises. The incorrect
      The Energy Regulatory Commission            entries in the meter test reports and the sig-
(ERC) has recently discovered the prolifera-      nature of the ERC engineer who allegedly
tion of fake ERC meter seals and falsified        conducted the testing prompted him to be-
meter test reports in the Luzon and Visayas       lieve that these meter test reports were spu-
areas.                                            rious. Upon verification, it was found that
      The first recorded incident was on June     the signatures affixed therein did not match
3, 2003 when a customer brought his electric      those of present ERC nor former ERB engi-
watthour meter to the ERC Meter Labora-           neers.
tory for testing. Engr. Froilan Mangosong,                                                         said meetings was to appraise them of the
the engineer assigned to perform the test-                                                         Commission’s exclusive authority to perform
ing, found a fake ERC meter seal attached to                                                       meter testing and sealing. Pursuant to Com-
the meter, which bore a 2003 mark and in-                                                          monwealth Act Nos. 146 and 349, the ERC
scribed with the words “Metro Manila”. It                                                          has the exclusive authority to test and seal
                                                                                                   electric watt-hour meters before they are
                                                                                                   placed in service. The ERC meter seals and
                                                                                                   test reports guarantee that the meter has been
                                                                                                   tested by ERC and that it will register accu-
                                                                                                   rately the electric consumption of the electric
                                                                                                   meter user. The Commission likewise solic-
                                                                                                   ited their assistance in preventing the prolif-
                                                                                                   eration of these illegal activities.



                                                                                                                         Left most photo shows
                                                                                                                         two of the four watt-
                                                                                                                         hour meters with fake
It’s Christmas... from page 1
                                                                                                                         lead seals and test
employees coming over from our Cebu and                                                                                  reports. Center photo
Davao field offices.                                                                                                     the fake lead seal,
      Though a Christmas family event was                                                                                while top photo shows
                                                                                                                         the fake test reports.
previously planned, a simple yet fun-filled
                                                                                                                         Bottom photo shows
festivity will instead be observed due to                                                                                NBI personnel
budgetary constraints. Nevertheless, it will                                                                             inspecting the
still be a celebration of peace, hope and love,                                                                          evidence gathered by
a season for counting and sharing our bless-                                                                             ERC Team.
ings and a time for family and fellowship re-
gardless of diverse spiritual denominations.


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            ERC OFFICIALS ATTEND ELECTRICITY
               MARKET COURSE IN LONDON


S
        everal ERC official were invited to at-
        tend “Competitive Electricity Market
        Regulation Course” held at Central
London and Chester, England from 20-28
October, 2003 which was made possible in
cooperation with EA Technology
Consultancy through the auspices of the U.
K. government through its Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI). Director Edgar F.
Samonte, Atty. Debora Anastacia T. Layugan
of the Market Operations Service, Director
Anthony Alden S. Aguilar and Ms. Ellen C.
Aguila of the Regulatory Operations Service
attended the said training course. The train-
ing was intended to enhance the technical
competence and expertise of said officials
specifically in the field of competitive elec-    From left to right: Atty. Debora Anastacia T. Layugan, Ms. Ellen C. Aguila, Dir. Anthony Alden S.
                                                  Aguilar, Ms. Samantha Edwards of Elexon, the Market Operator and Dir. Edgar F. Samonte.
tricity market and in anticipation of the es-
tablishment of the Wholesale Electricity Spot     by these entities followed by round table               The training was concluded by a course
Market in the country.                            discussions and clarifications on the issues       summary conducted by the EA Technology
      The structure of the training course        presented. The talks included, among oth-          in Chester, North of England. EA Technol-
mainly focused on visits made to the U.K          ers, an overview of U.K’s energy industry          ogy is an independent company with exten-
energy industry counterparts such as the          with lectures focused on its wholesale mar-        sive experience of providing strategic, eco-
U.K. Regulator, the Market Operator, the          ket structure and trading arrangements.            nomic and engineering consultancy services
System Operator and such other industry           Parellelisms were made on the existing mar-        in the electricity markets worldwide.
players as the large generation and distribu-     ket conditions and structures in the U.K. vis-
tion companies. Lectures were conducted           à-vis the Philippine Mode.




      ERC Visayas moves to a new office
                                                    By Edwin N. Orogo and Joel Bontuyan




T
        he Energy Regulatory Commission                According to Atty. Bontuyan, the trans-       Complex with excellent security and other
       (ERC) field office in Cebu City re         fer to the new offie was done with the help        amenities available to its employees.
       cently moved to the National Trans-        of Jules S. Alcantara, TRANSCO’s Opera-                 The ERC staff is temporarily housed at
mission Corporation (TRANSCO) Complex             tions and Maintenance manager. Jay Marvin          the former Regional Control Center of
in Talamban, Cebu City.                           Saso, also of TRANSCO and a long-time              TRANSCO until the new ERC office inside
     “We are thankful for the support of our      friend of Atty. Bontuyan, also assisted in         the Complex is finished. “We are finally in a
Honorable Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez in           the transfer of office equipment.                  place that we can be proud to call ERC’s veri-
this development. This move has boosted                The TRANSCO Complex is a sprawling            table home in the Visayas,” said Atty.
the morale of our staff and will surely help      property of hilly terrain located in the bound-    Bontuyan.
improve our services to the people in the         ary of Cebu City and Mandaue City. It is
area,” said Atty. Joel Y. Bontuyan, Officer-      about 9 kilometers away from the former of-
In-Charge of the field office.                    fice in Osmeña Boulevard. It is a well-kept

December 2003                                                                                                                   The POWER News 5
             Chairman Sanchez Nagdiwang
                    ng Kaarawan
                                               Ni Lino P. Pagkatipunan




M
           asayang ipinagdiwang ni Chair-
           man Sanchez ang kanyang ika-62
           kaarawan na kauna-unahan niya
bilang tagapangulo ng ERC. Dahilan sa
tumapat ng Sabado ang ika-25 na siyang
tunay na petsa ng kanyang kapanganakan,
ipinasiya niyang gawin na lang ito ng
Biyernes na ika-24 ng Oktubre. Ang okasyon
ay dinaluhan ng kanyang mga kaibigan sa
larangan ng energhiya, pangangalakal at
pamahalaan. Ang mga kawani ng ERC ay isa-
isang nagpugay, nag-alay ng handog,
pagbati at gayun din ng pasasalamat sa nga
mabuting nagawa niya sa ahensya.
     Maliban sa masaganang pagkain, ang
mga panauhin ay nagpakuha ng larawan
kasama ni Chairman Sanchez upang maging
paalala sa kaganapan sa mga darating na
araw. Kabilang sa mga mahalagang panauhin
ay ang Speaker ng Kongreso na si Jose De
Venecia at gayun din ang mga batikang
Senador na sina Manny Villar at Robert Bar-
bers. Sinamantala ng mga kawani ng ERC
ang pagkakataon upang makapagpakuha ng
larawan kasama ang Speaker at ang
dalawang Senador. Bagamat hindi nakarating
si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dahil
sa marami niyang mahahalagang gawain,
nagpadala naman ito ng ala-ala at pagbati.
     Para kay Chairman Sanchez, magdiwang
ka sana ang marami pang kaarawan!




Makikita sa mga larawan ang masasayang kaganapan noong
nagdiwang si Chairman Sanchez ng kanyang kaarawan.


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        ERC reaches out to LRT/MRT commuters

T
        he Planning and Information Service (PIS) worked in tandem     proached the consumer desk at the MRT station at Shaw Boulevard
        with the Consumer Affairs Service (CAS) to launch an infor     and claimed that there was no need for the ERC. He said that all that
        mation campaign to let consumers know more about the ERC.      is needed to generate energy is water.
     Personnel of the two Services set up consumer welfare desks in         To prove his point, he got a glass of water and put in it a small
selected stations of the Metro Rail Transport System Line 3 along      light bulb. The bulb glowed to the amazement of the four PIS em-
the stretch of EDSA from Taft to SM North on November 27, 2003.        ployees. “Wow….maybe we should register him as a Self Gen,” was
The outreach to electricity consumers was extended to the passen-      all Sharon could say after seeing the bulb light when put in the glass
gers of the Light Rail Transport system Line 1 running along Taft      of water.
Avenue from Baclaran to Monumento the following day.                        “No need for Taebo today,” said one ERC participant in the
     Trains of both lines were filled with ERC posters inviting con-   two-day affair. He had to bend left and right to give out leaflets and
sumers to send their queries and complaints using the TEXT ERC         primers to consumers rushing in and out of the train station.
facility, the consumer hotlines and the e-mail. Some ERC personnel          Those assigned at the Gil Puyat station of the LRT line found
went to the train depot of LRT an hour before midnight of November     the whole campaign very tiring, but also found consolation in watch-
28 to install the posters.                                             ing beautiful ladies pass by the station.
     “We want to reach out to consumers. The campaign also aims             It was indeed a very taxing day for everyone, but everyone
to give our personnel more exposure to the public they serve,” ERC     agrees that it was worth it.
Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez said.                                                                      -RSB
     The first day was very amusing for Ricci Mejorado, Ronces
Ann Reyes, Jojo Braza and Sharon Montañer. An old man ap-




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     ERC, DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES ESTABLISH
          CONSUMER WELFARE DESKS
                                          By Atty. Marizon Gines and Atty. Marina C. Bugayong




I
    n February 2002, The Energy Regulatory       complaints, was made pursuant to the pro-         quired the establishment of appropriate
    Commission formally created Consumer         visions of Section 41 of Republic Act No.         guidelines and mechanisms to handle the
    Affairs Service (CAS) and ordered dis-       9136, otherwise known as the Electric Power       speedy resolution of consumer complaints
tribution utilities to establish their respec-   Industry Act (EPIRA). The said law ex-            and the creation of a permanent consumer
tive consumer welfare desks on the follow-       pressly mandated ERC to promote consumer          complaint desk at ERC and in all electric dis-
ing month.                                       interests by handling consumer complaints.        tribution utilities.
     The Creation on the CAS, a separate         To implement such mandate, the EPIRA’s                  All distribution utilities (DUs) complied
department catering to all types of consumer     Implementing Rules and Regulations re-            with the directive and went to the extent of
                                                                                                   putting up consumer welfare desks even in
                                                                                                   their sub-offices.
                                                                                                         The basic role of consumer welfare desk
                                                                                                   (CWD) officers is to entertain consumer que-
                                                                                                   ries and complaints. Consulting with the
                                                                                                   CWD officer of the concerned distribution
                                                                                                   utility has been made a pre-requisite before
                                                                                                   a complaint may be lodged with the Con-
                                                                                                   sumer Affairs Service of the ERC to prevent
                                                                                                   the unnecessary filing of complaints with the
                                                                                                   ERC, as some of these complaints might be
                                                                                                   resolved by the concerned DU.
                                                                                                         The ERC, in coordination with the Na-
                                                                                                   tional Electrification Administration (NEA),
                                                                                                   has been going around the different regions
                                                                                                   to orient these CWD officers of their func-
                                                                                                   tions and responsibilities.


                            MERALCO Refund: Phase III
                                                        By Jean Astrid C. Francisco




I
     n compliance to the Order issued by the     fund for Active and Terminated Accounts           tomer or his authorized representative re-
    Commission dated October 7, 2003,            covered in Phase III.                             quests for the termination of his service for
    MERALCO submitted its proposed pro-               For Active Accounts, the mode of re-         whatever reason, the remaining refund will
cedures for the implementation of Phase III      fund is similar to Phases I and II where it may   be released thirty days after the customer
and IV of the Refund Process on October          be an actual cash refund or credit to monthly     notifies MERALCO of such request.
24, 2003.                                        bill until the full amount is refunded, at the         Similarly, for the Terminated accounts
      In the MERALCO proposal, Phase III         option of the customers. The refund cover-        customers, refund period is the same as the
covers the Residential and General Services      age, gross refund kWh and equivalent              active accounts based on customer group-
customers who consumed more than 300             amount refundable shall be reflected in the       ings to be submitted by MERALCO. The
kWh in their April 2003 bill while Phase IV      customer’s January 2004 bill. If the regis-       refund mode is cash net of all arrears and the
covers the Commercial and Industrial cus-        tered customer or his authorized representa-      requirements to claim the cash refund will be
tomers and all other customers not covered       tive who earlier opted for credit to monthly      the same as in Phases I and II.
in Phase I-III.                                  bill mode of refund requests the suspension            The general guidelines and procedures
      In the Order dated November 24, 2003,      of the crediting of the refund to the bills of    adopted in Phase I and II, insofar as they are
the Commission directed MERALCO to re-           service for whatever reason, the cash refund      applicable, will govern the implementation
fund within six (6) months beginning Janu-       will be released thirty days after the customer   of Phase III.
ary 1, 2004 until June 30, 2004 the cash re-     notifies MERALCO. In addition, if the cus-
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                      ERC Hymn Composition Contest

C
        hairman Manuel R. Sanchez, spon-                     ERCHYMN                               “THE POWER IN ME”
        sored a contest for the composition                Remen G. Rivera                             ERC HYMN
        of the ERC hymn. Take a look at the
entries. Let’s see if you can judge the win-                   I                              You are the guiding light
ner correctly. Winner of this contest will re-   Great is the ERC                             Of our countries fight…
ceive P5,000.00, a consolation price of          Committed to serve thee                      To make out thing’s alright…
P500.00 will be given to non-winners.            To transform, independently,                 For you and me…
                                                 Electric power industry.
                                                                                                Chorus:
                                                                II
                                                 We shall fulfill the dream                   ERC the power of our country
                                                 Working as a team                            ERC the place we want to be…
                                                 With competence and integrity                ERC the power of the future
                                                 We shall treasure your legacy.               In our hearts the only one you’ll see.

                                                 Chorus:                                      Our vision, will be our mission
                                                                                              With the force of unity
                                                 Energy Regulatory Commission                 A strong and working Commission
                                                 Shall aim through its misssion               That serves our industry
                                                 Energy Regulatory Commission
                                                 Shall uphold its vision.                      Instrumental:

                                                 [Repeat I, II raising one step higher]       The strength that comes from you
                                                                                              Gives hope to what we do…
                                                 With competence and integrity                It brigh-ten out our way….
                                                 We shall treasure your legacy.               To make our dreams come true..

                                                                                               Repeat Chorus:

                                                                                              That works for you… and me…

                                                                                          Composer/Lyricist:
                                                                                                   Mr. Faustino C. Castro II
                                                                                          Arranger:
                                                                                                   Ms. Crystal & Mr. Von C.
                                                                                                   Castro




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                                                 ERC Hymn
                                                ERC Protects                                       ERCHYMN

                                         Composer/Lyricist/Arranger:                      Composer/Lyricist/Arranger:
                                          Engr. Susana D. Barrios                         Engr. Susana D. Barrios

                                                                               Intro:               F- C- G- F- G- C
                                  INTRO: Bm - E - A - F#m - D - E - A                               F- C- F- G- C

                ERC HYMN
                                        From the city streets                           From the city streets to the
        Song & Lyrics by :              To the country side                             country side
       RONALDO I. RARELA                You light the fire                              You light the fire of our dreams
                                        Of our dreams                                   From the palace’s hall to a hut so small
                                                                                        You bring the power to our homes
   Magagawa natin na paunlarin          From the palace’s hall
   Ang kuryente sa ating bansa          To a hut so small                               Refrain:
   Sa ERC ang aming hngarin             You bring the power
   Industriya’y palawakin               To our homes                                    The way you balance the interest
                                        By balancing the interest                       Of the people who invest
   Sa kanayunan at kabundukan                                                           With the nation’s quest for
   Kuryente’y aming lalagyan            Of those who invest                             what is best
   Aming serbisyo’y maasahan            With the people’s quest                         Lifts the country up to the crest
   Kung para sa bayan                   For what is best
                                        ERC protector of our society                    ERC protector of the Philippine
   Sa ERC ang aming layunin             You regulate the electric power                 Society
   Ang kayo’y paglingkuran               industry                                       You regulate with efficiency
   Mahirap man at kahit mayaman                                                         The electric power industry
   Kami’y walang kakampihan             Not only do you raise the
                                        nation’s economy                                From the market place to the
   Abusado’y aming parurusahan          But you promote the welfare of many.            house of praise
   Kahit sino pa man                                                                    You bring joy to one and all
   Aming prinsipyo at katapatan                                                         As you raise the country’s economy
   Di kayang bayaran.                                                                   And promote the welfare of many




December 2003                                                                                             The POWER News 11
                                                                                              Psalms 119:105 “Your words are a flash-
            Literary
                                      Lights, Light,                                    light to light the path ahead of me, and keep
                                                                                        me from stumbling.”
                                                                                              1 Peter 2:9 “God called you out of dark-
                                         lights!                                        ness into his wonderful light.”
                                                                                              Revelation 22:5 “And there will be no
                                                                                        night there—no need for lamps or sun—for
            Musings                              By Edwin N. Orogo
                                                                                        the Lord God will be their light; and they
                                                                                        shall reign forever and ever.”
                                                                                              Distribution of light


                                    S
       By Ronces Anne S. Reyes
                                            o many lights greet us during Christ-             Those who have accepted Jesus as
                                            mas season. Streets, stores, offices        their personal Savior are expected by God
   As one scans the horizon                 and other establishments are filled         to become lights to others. It is God’s desire
 Above the concrete jungle we       with lanterns and all sorts of lights. The elec-    to save people from darkness and give them
           call home                tricity that Meralco and other electric distri-     a fulfilling and meaningful existence now and
One wonders why we thrive in a      bution utilities provide their customers helps      in the future. The Spirit of God helps believ-
        poisoned clime              make the celebration more colorful and ex-          ers to be and do good. He empowers them
                                    citing.                                             to reach out to others and to let them know
   As one views the sunsets               Instead of tracing its history or doing a     of the love of God.
 In the famed breakwaters of        survey on why many Filipinos love to deco-                Acts 13:47 “I have made you a light to
                                    rate with lights this time of year, I thought of    the Gentiles, to lead them from the farthest
          Manila Bay
                                    studying what the Bible says about lights,          corners of the earth to my salvation.”
 One wonders why ships set sail                                                               Ephesians 5:8 “For though once your
                                    with the hope of finding significance to this
      for lands faraway             aspect of the Christmas celebration. I hope         heart was full of darkness, now it is full of
                                    that you will also find what the Bible reveals      the light of the Lord, and your behavior
As one gazes at the rolling vista   about this subject interesting and enlight-         should show it!”
   One wonders why poverty          ening.                                                    Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the world’s
       refuses to leave                   Generation and transmission of light          light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night
   Juan de la Cruz’s hearth               The Bible says that Jesus Christ came         for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it
                                    as a light to shine in this dark world. The         shine for all; let your good deeds glow for
 As one observes events as they     eternal life that he brings serves as light to      all to see, so that they will praise your heav-
                                    all people. God is the one who calls a person       enly Father.”
              unfold
                                    to Jesus. Those who believe and put their                 Whether or not you approve of this tra-
  One wonders why chaos rules                                                           dition of decorating with so many lights dur-
                                    trust in him will no longer be lost in dark-
           institutions             ness. They shall not only know the right            ing this season, I hope that all the Christ-
    In spite of EDSA’s best         way to live but have eternal life. His words        mas lights around you will remind you of
            intentions              cast out fear and give direction to believers.      the Light mentioned in the Bible and move
                                    They shall rule with God in his coming king-        you to get to know him better, encourage
 As one muses and puzzles over      dom and be with him forever.                        you to be the kind of light God wants you to
        life’s questions                  John 1:4-5 “Eternal life is in him, and       be, and inspire you to bring light to more
 One wonders why explanations       this life gives light to all mankind. His life is   people. God be with you.
         seem to elude              the light that shines through the darkness—
 Even those who seek them with      and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
                                          John 8:12 “I am the light of the world.”
          their utmost
                                          John 12:46 “I have come as a Light to
                                    shine in this dark world, so that all who put
                                    their trust in me will no longer wander in the
                                    darkness.”
                                          1 John 1:5 “God is Light and in him there
                                    is no darkness at all.”
                                          Micah 7:8 “When I sit in darkness, the
                                    Lord himself will be my Light.”
                                          Psalms 18:28 “The Lord my God has
                                    made my darkness turn to light.”
                                          Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and
                                    my salvation; he protects me from danger—
                                    whom shall I fear?”

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                                                                             Peace and prosperity.
        I wish for ERC to be able to protect consumer                    – Comm. Carlos Alindada
   interest and encourage growth of energy industry
   players through progressive policies. I also wish
   that the Comission be recognized as a totally inde-
   pendent agency and achieve fiscal autonomy.                           I hope our people can really unite so that
   Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez                                       we can move forward for the sake of future gen-
                                                                    erations to come so that they will have better
                                                                    future. – Comm. Jesus Alcordo

                                       To be one of the most re-
                                   spected agencies in govern-
                                   ment. – Comm. Oliver Butalid
                                                                                                              I wish for a harmonious relation-
                                                                                                         ship within the ERC organization in
                                                                                                         particular and within the electric in-
                                       I wish that all of us will fol-                                   dustry in general. – Executive Dir.
                                  low the teaching that we should                                        Fructuoso Lagunzad, Jr.
                                  love our neighbors as we love
                                  ourselves. With this, there will
                                  be peace in our midst. – Comm.
                                  Leticia Ibay
                                                                                               I wish that a few years
                                                                                           from now, ERC can proudly
                                                                                           declare “Mission Accom-
        I wish that all of us will realize that life                                       plished!” - Dir. Francis
   is so good and we should spend the rest of                                              Saturnino Juan
   it by making it better. – Dir. Maria Teresa
   Castañeda
                                                                                 To be able to finish
                                                                            the evaluation of all un-
                                                                            bundling applications
                                                                            filed with ERC. – Dir. An-
                                                                            thony Aguilar (ROS)

                                  For ERC to be an in-
                             stitution that we can all                                                   I wish for a higher budget
                             be proud of… Also good                                                 or additional funds to be able
                             health, lots of blessings,                                             to service all our payables. –
                             and more positive out-                                                 Dir. Corazon Guevarra (FAS)
                             look in life to all Market
                             Operations        Service
                             (MOS) staff. – Dir. Edgar                                                                    May the Filipino
                             Samonte (MOS)                                                                            people unite towards a
                                                                                                                      common goal. In this
                                                                                                                      way the Philippines will
                                May the existence of the Energy Regulatory
                                                                                                                      prosper, and we will ex-
                            Commission’s Consumer Affairs Service (CAS) be
                                                                                                                      perience peace & har-
                            known nationwide for the purpose of promoting the
                                                                                                                      mony. – OIC Sharon O.
                            consumers’ interests. – Dir. Marina Bugayong (CAS)
                                                                                                                      Montañer (PIS)


December 2003                                                                                                               The POWER News 13
                    ERC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
                      UNDER THE EPIRA
                                                   By Ricci Grace D. Mejorada




T
       he Electric Power Industry              •    Design       of      a   new                         monopolization           and
       Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA)                   organizational structure and                         Shareholding Dispersal;
       provides a framework for the                 plantilla positions;                           •     Formulation of the Uniform
restructuring of the Philippine electric       •    Signing of the Stipulation                           Filing Requirements (UFR)
power industry with a vision to                     Agreement             by the                         for    the    purpose      of
transform the electricity industry                  stakeholders          in  the                        Unbundling of Rates;
from a monopoly to a competitive                    implementation of the                          •     Promulgation             and
electricity market and from a tariff-               Demand-Side Management                               enforcement        of     the
focused regulation to competition                   (DSM) in the Philippines;                            Guidelines to Govern the
regulation. Pursuant to Section 38 of          •    Revision/amendment to the                            Imposition of Administrative
the Act, the Energy Regulatory                      1996 DSM Regulatory                                  Sanction in the Form of Fines
Commission (ERC) was created as                     Framework;                                           and Penalties;
an independent, quasi-judicial                 •    P r o m u l g a t i o n ,                      •     Promulgation             and
regulatory body                                     implementation of and                                enforcement of Rules of
                                                    amendment            to   the                        Procedure        Governing
The implementation of the EPIRA is                  Implementing Rules and                               Complaints Filed with the
multifaceted because envisioned                     Regulations for the De-                              Consumer Affairs Service of
reforms are comprehensive. Among
the critical tasks that ERC must
undertake are “to promote
competition, encourage market
development, ensure customer
choice and penalize abuse of market
power in a restructured electricity
industry.”

Two years after the passage of
EPIRA, the Commission has
achieved significant progress in its
commitment to implement the
provisions of the Act. Below are the
highlights of accomplishments of the
Commission under the EPIRA:

    •   Implementation           the
        Mandated Rate Reduction
        (MRR) of P 0.30/kWh
                                           The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) promulgates on May 29, 2003, the Performance Based
        pursuant to Section 72 of the      Rate (PBR) Making Methodology of the Transmission Sector. ERC Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez
        Act;                               (seated, center) and Commissioners (seated, from left) Leticia V. Ibay, Oliver B. Butalid, Carlos R.
    •   Preparation of a new               Alindada, and Mary Anne B. Colayco signed this important document at the Malacañang Palace.
                                           The signing was witnessed by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (standing,
        schedule of compensation           center), (standing, from left) NPC President Rogelio Murga, former President Fidel V. Ramos,
        and other emoluments;              House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., and DOE Secretary Vincent Perez, Jr.


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         the Energy Regulatory                             Philippine      Grid    and                       Electricity Demand (SPEED)
         Commission;                                       Distribution Code (PGDC);                         of the NPC;
    •    Promulgation             and                 •    Promulgation        of  the                  •    Approval of the Transmission
         enforcement         of    the                     Guidelines       for    the                       Incentive Program (TIP);
         Guidelines for the Issuance                       Implementation of the                        •    Rendering of forty-one (41)
         of Certificate of Compliance                      Reduction in Rates of                             Unbundling         decisions
         for Generation Companies/                         Electric Cooperatives due to                      including NPC Main and
         Facilities;                                       the Condonation of Debts;                         NPC-SPUG;
    •    Promulgation             and                 •    Promulgation            and                  •    Granting of Provisional
         enforcement         of    the                     Enforcement        of   the                       Authority to one hundred
         Guidelines to Govern the                          Guidelines of the National                        seventeen (117) Electric
         Formation of the Grid                             Grid and Distribution Code;                       Cooperatives due to Loan
         Management Committee                         •    Promulgation of Guidelines                        Condonation;
         and      the    Distribution                      of the Sale and Transfer of                  •    Promotion of consumer
         Management Committee;                             the           TRANSCO’s                           interest through Information
    •    Appointment of the initial set                    Subtransmission Assets and                        Campaign         on      PPA,
         of GMC and DMC members;                           the Franchising of Qualified                      Unbundling,        Universal
    •    Promulgation             and                      Consortia;                                        Charge and Wholesale
         enforcement         of    the                •    Promulgation of the Transco                       Electricity Spot Market
         Guidelines         for    the                     Wheeling Rates Guidelines;                        (WESM); Setting up of
         Submission, Evaluation and                   •    Promulgation        of  the                       consumer desk in the
         Approval of the Statement of                      Performance Rate Based                            premises of Electric Utilities;
         Compliance               and                      (PBR) Making Methodology                          ERC Hotline Nos. (687-5577
         Compliance Plans of the                           of the Transmission Sector;                       and 687-5544); launching of
         Distributors and Grid Owner                  •    Approval of the Special                           the       ERC        Website
         and System Operator to the                        Program to Enhance                                (www.erc.gov.ph); and
                                                                                                                        launching of the
                                                                                                                        TEXT-ERC Project;
                                                                                                                   • Approval of thirty
                                                                                                                        (30) Certificate of
                                                                                                                        Compliance (COC)
                                                                                                                        Applications; and
                                                                                                                   • Release of the
                                                                                                                        Compendium on
                                                                                                                        Energy Regulation
                                                                                                                        Laws and Other
                                                                                                                        Issuances




AWARDING OF COC – Some of the participants during the awarding of Certificate of Compliance (COC) held on November 5, 2003 at the ERC head
office in Pasig City. From left are: James S. Juganas, emcee; Eriberto S. Garcia, Engineering Manager, PNOC-Exploration Corporation; Eduardo L.
Sebastian Gonzales, Plant Engineering Section Manager, Zilog Electronics Philippines, Inc.; Ma. Elaine B. Galapon, emcee; Atty. Norberto Manjares,
Consultant, Tarlac Power Corporation; Atty. Mary Ann C. Diccion, Licensing & Market Monitoring Division Chief, ERC; Edgar F. Samonte, Market
Operations Service Director, ERC; Congresswoman Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, President, Island Power Corporation; Atty. Manuel R. Sanchez,
Chairman, ERC; Atty. Leticia V. Ibay, Commissioner, ERC; Jesus N. Alcordo, Commissioner, ERC, Luis Miguel O. Aboitiz, Vice President, Hydro
Electric Development Corporation; Carlos R. Alindada, Commissioner, ERC; Jose Veneracio P. Batiquin, Chief Finance Officer, Northern Mini Hydro
Corporation; and Peter D. Garrucho, Jr., CEO & Vice Chairman, First Gas Power Corporation.

December 2003                                                                                                               The POWER News 15
Commissioner Alcordo completes the
    Roster of Commissioners

C
         ommissioner Jesus N. Alcordo was
         appointed by her Excellency, Presi-
         dent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
(PGMA) as Energy Regulatory Commission
(ERC) Commissioner on September 09, 2003.
Commissioner Alcordo is an engineer by
profession and a very successful business-
man and executive specializing in the en-
ergy field. He was President of the National
Power Corporation (NPC) before he joined
the ERC. Comm. Alcordo replaced Commis-
sioner Mary Ann B. Colayco following the
latter’s decision to concentrate on her
family’s business.
     ERC Chairman Manuel R. Sanchez
lauds Comm. Alcordo’s acceptance of
PGMA’s appointment. “It is an honor work-
ing with a brilliant man. ERC will greatly
benefit from Alcordo’s 42 years of sterling
domestic and international experience”, the
Chairman said.
     Comm. Alcordo finished his Bachelor’s
degree in Chemical Engineering at the Uni-
versity of San Carlos in 1961 and completed
an intensive Executive Program in Business
Administration at the Columbia University
in New York in 1975.
     Comm. Alcordo is the oversight Com-
missioner of the Planning and Information
Service.




                                               Topmost photo shows Commissioner Jesus N. Alcordo as
                                               he took his oath of office before Chairman Manuel R.
                                               Sanchez with Commissioners Leticia V. Ibay and Carlos R.
                                               Alindada as witnesses. Photo above was taken during
                                               Commissioner Alcordo’s welcome speech as ERC
                                               Commissioner. Left photo shows Former Commissioner
                                               Mary Anne B. Colayco being presented with a Plaque of
                                               Recognition and a bouquet of flowers as she bid ERC
                                               farewell.

16 The POWER News                                                                        December 2003
     PHILRECA                                                A League of their Own
    DECLARES
                                                 S
                                                        ometime in September 2003, Director
   SUPPORT FOR                                          Edgar “Bong” Samonte encouraged
                                                        his fellow ERC employees to form bas-
                                                 ketball teams and hold a tournament in or-
   ERC POLICIES                                  der to further strengthen esprit de corps and
                                                 camaraderie among the Services. As a re-
          By Charina S. Cabrido                  sult, four (4) teams were created: 1) ROS
                                                 Team; 2) MOS, PIS and Admin Team (Brgy.
                                                 ERC); 3) Legal Team; and 4) Guards & Util-


C
         hairman Manuel R. Sanchez attended      ity Team. The teams usually play once a
         the NAGMEC and Philippine Elec          week. So far, the MOS/PIS/Admin Contin-
         tric Cooperative Association            gent remains undefeated.
(PHILRECA) Board Meeting in Cagayan de           - Ronces Ann Reyes
Oro City last October 29, 2003. He was in-
vited by the said organizations to discuss
the new policies of the Commission as well
as the predicament of the electric coopera-
tives in Region 10.
     “The Commission has recently ap-
proved certain policies which benefit the                           Let’s Get Physical
electric cooperatives in general” Chairman


                                                 A
Sanchez reported. These policies pertain to              ll work and no play make ERC a dull organization. Thankfully, ERC can depend on
the expanded use of the reinvestment fun                 Instructor Jessie Eulalio. A patient and informative instructor, Jessie teaches Taebo
for equity infusion into Rural Electrification           and aerobic dancing to employees who are willing and able to attend his weekly
Financing Corporation (REFC) and the 100%        schedule. An average of ten (10) students join and the session runs an hour. Participants
retention of income from other revenue items     hope that the program will continue in 2004. - Ronces Ann Reyes
other than the prompt payment discount and
asset-based operating income. He also in-
formed the electric coops of an intended re-
view of the existing system loss policy.
     Representatives of the electric coops
welcomed the new measures and expressed
their support of the efforts of the Commis-
sion to reform the industry. The meeting-
cum-dialogue between the ERC Head and
the Region 10 electric cooperatives turned
out to be a success. Thus, Chairman
Sanchez hopes to replicate this experience
in other regions of the country.
     To date, PHILRECA and NAGMEC have
total membership of at least twelve electric
cooperatives in Region 10. Among them are
Agusan de Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc.
(ANECO), Bukidnon I Electric Cooperative,
Inc. (FIBECO) and Camiguin Electric Coop-
erative, Inc. (CAMELCO).




December 2003                                                                                                           The POWER News 17
     LIST OF NEW ERC                                             Dennis R.
                                                                 Siaton
                                                                                   Zierla Marie S.
                                                                                   Ranay
                                                                 June 2
        EMPLOYEES                                                                  October 3




W    e are happy to welcome the new employees listed below who
     were hired this year. Welcome to the ERC family!
                                                                 Mary Ann C.
                                                                 Diccion
                                                                 June 2
                                                                                   Allan V.
                                                                                   Alfafara
                                                                                   October 8


             Teresita A.                      Dinah Lixeta
             Cabriule                         D. Bal             Marlon C.         Alfredo A.
             January 2                        April 8            Eusebio           Mendoza
                                                                 June 2            October 13


             Apolinar                         Clodraph P.        Antonino E.
             Bajaro, Jr.                      Patano             Gatdula           Ariel B. Alcover
             January 3                        April 9            June 4            October 13


                                              Doris R.
             Rhett Roswell                    Gatchalian         Arlene B.         Rhoderick M.
             Mislang                          April 12           Evangelio         Fernandez
             February 3                                          June 9            October 16


             Alvin Jones                      Anthony Alden                        Myrnanette G.
             Ortega                           S. Aguilar         Ricci Grace D.    Macaraeg
             February 18                      April 28           Mejorada          October 20
                                                                 July 1


             Oliver Cruz                      Chereedith C.      Debora            Janet C.
             February 18                      David              Anastacia T.      Calanayan
                                              May 13             Layugan           November 3
                                                                 July 14


             Mary Grace                       Carmela C.         Dennis M.         Jose C. Reyes
             Enriquez                         Paran              Lalata            November 10
             February 19                      May 15             July 16


             Christine                                                             Francis
             Abigail N.                       Arji P. Obmerga    Jesus N.          Saturnino C.
             Rubio March                      May 19             Alcordo           Juan
             17                                                  September 25      November 17

             Mariano B.                       Abul Khayr
             Mariano B.                       Amalon Alonto      Maria             Trisha R. Mesia
             Ibay                             II                 Concepcion C.     November 17
             April 1Ib                        May 19             Sicat
                                                                 September 26

             Francisco                        Roshella O.
             Jose S. Villa,                   Feberes            Federico D.       Crizaldo P.
             Jr.                              May 27             Bustamante, Jr.   Carandang
             April 1ay                                           October 1         December 5



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                    Peter Tyrone II is the first child of         Venz Aldrin is the first child of ERO
                SERO Caroline R. Chan and her hus-           II Nelson M. Guinto and his wife Roselle.
                band Peter Tyrone. He was born on Janu-      He was born on September 12, 2003,
                ary 1, 2003, weighed 6.6 lbs. and mea-       weighed 8.7 lbs. and measured 52 cm. at
                sured 50 cm. at birth.                       birth.




                     Gregory Kristanz is the fourth child
                of ERA Glenn DJ De Jesus and his wife            Gabrielle is the first child of Supvg.
                Ma. Victoria. He was born on January         ERO Patrick G. Fontanilla and his wife
                2, 2003.                                     Tess. She was born on September 24, 2003
                                                             and weighed 5.5 lbs. at birth.




                     Kurt Lester is the third child of
                ERO II Reggie O. Obregon of the                  André Stephen is the second child
                Mindanao Field Office and his wife           of Supvg. ERO Leila Cirio and her
                Roxanne. He was born on February 26,         husband Rene Antonio.He was born on
                2003                                         October 11, 2003.




                     Jeremie Raiza is the second child
                of SERO Jean Astrid C. Francisco and             Giovanni Jonathan “Gio” Ramirez
                her husband Jonathan. She was born on        Cruz is the second child of Supvg.
                April 21, 2003, weighed 7.02 lbs. and mea-   ERO Oliver O. Cruz of the MOS and her
                sured 51 cm. at birth.                       wife Criselda R. Cruz. He was born on
                                                             October 31, 2003 , weighed 6.3 lbs and
                                                             measured 55 cm at birth.




                     Nicolaus Siemon is the second
                child of ERO II Gemma J. Chavez and
                her husband Nicanor. He was born on
                October 18, 2003, weighed 7 lbs. and mea-
                sured 50 cm. at birth.




December 2003                                                                     The POWER News 19
    UPDATES ON THE ERC DAY CARE CENTER
                                                     By Abul Khayr Amalon M. Alonto II



I
     t has been 4 months since the inauguration of the Energy Regu-        fully, the daycare service will gain more support from our employees
    latory Commission’s Day Care Center. Our Day Care Worker,              in the future and cater to more children.
    Ms. Maria Theresa B. Sucgang, has already undergone training                The ERC Day Care Center has provided its services to children
at the Pasig City Day Care Service Convention Center, under the            ages 1 to 6. As such, it has been noted that it is more of a drop-in
guidance of the Day Care Accreditor, Ms. Levi L. Esguerra of the           center, because a daycare center provides services to children ages
Pasig City Day Care office. As a result of that training, Ms. Sucgang      3-5. According to Ms. Sucgang, for children ages 0-3, a child-mind-
has been given an OJT Certificate for Accreditation as a Day Care          ing center should be utilized. The Administrative Division has taken
Worker.                                                                    the initiative to seek accreditation for the ERC Day Care Center from
      As of December 9, 2003, 18 employees have left their children        the Department of Social Welfare and Development. At present, the
under the care of Ms. Sucgang with a total of 26 children having           accreditation of the ERC daycare is still in process.
catered the services of the ERC Day Care Center. It has been benefi-            The ERC Day Care service is an ongoing program. When the
cial to the employees concerned because of the freedom from worry          ERC moves to its own building, the ERC will be at a better position
that our daycare service has provided them. Although the daycare           to provide both a daycare service as well as a child-minding service.
service is presently limited, it can be said that it is a success. Hope-




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