The Department of Energy (DOE) and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) powered 5, 263 more households under the electrification program.
Among these households are those located in Gaya-Gaya in San Jose del Monte and other municipalities of Bulacan. Laguna and some parts of Rizal were also included, as well as residents in Happy Land Aroma, Baseco compound, Isla Puting Bato, and Parola in Tondo, Manila.
DOE said that through their electrification program, indigent families are able to secure legal electrical connections and reduce the risk of fire hazards, which may be caused by the illegal use of electricity.
“The DOE remains committed to fulfill its household electrification program, especially benefiting those living in economically depressed communities by providing them legal, secure, safe and stable supply of electricity,” DOE said.
Unlawful use of electricity is prohibited under Republic Act No. 7832 or the Anti – Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Electric Transmission lines/Materials Act of 1994.
These include wire-tapping, tampering, installing, or using tampered electrical meters, jumpers, current reversing transformer, shorting or shunting wire, loop connection or any attempt to destroy any accessory of the metering device box which encases an electric meter or its metering accessories.
“These policies serve as DOE’s guidelines to safeguard the welfare of the consumers against any untoward incidents such as fire that may have been triggered by faulty electrical wiring destroying properties and even resulting in loss of lives,” DOE said.