A More Energized Partnership
Meralco and Taguig LGU strengthen partnership in new MOA outlining community electrification, disaster preparedness, and swifter, more accessible service.
Major representatives from both Meralco and the Taguig City Government came together to officiate an even stronger, renewed partnership for the coming year. The collaboration is outlined in a new Memorandum of Agreement signed on October 5th. In line with Mayor Lani Cayetano’s pledge to develop and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Taguig, the MOA details commitments from both parties to streamline electrification efforts, heighten public safety and disaster preparedness, and improve the area’s overall serviceability.
Changing The Way We Power Cities
A key motivation behind the MOA is to ensure that Meralco is able to operate more efficiently within Taguig City proper. Included in the provisions is a new Work Order System that will require Meralco to formally inform the LGU ahead of time for any upcoming servicing activities. In turn, the city will respond with manpower to disseminate advisories to its constituents and provide traffic assistance in the affected areas. Overall, the new process is expected to significantly minimize disruptions to the general operations of both parties.
Stipulations were also included to enforce timely bills payment of barangay accounts, a crackdown on illegal electrical connections, and the continued facilitation of Meralco’s regular service operations such as meter readings and bill delivery.
Mayor Maria Laarni “Lani” Cayetano of Taguig joins the MOA signing event.
Powering A Safer Taguig
To the benefit of the citizens of Taguig, the new contract also promises safer and more energy efficient spaces for all. Meralco is set to conduct safety preparedness programs for building site owners and contractors, and in the future will provide electrical assessments of Taguig’s barangay halls, health centers, and day care centers.
Furthermore, Meralco will prioritize tree trimming around the city’s primary powerlines to uphold the safety measures outlined in in the Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act (RA 11361). Other added safety precautions focus on the rehabilitation of Taguig’s electrical infrastructure, including the routine monitoring and repair of city streetlights, and the correction or replacement of any leaning or damaged power poles in the area.
Present during the MOA signing were (in photo L-R): Kap. Pedrito Bermas of Brgy. Western Bicutan, Kap. Jennifer Alit of Brgy. Central Bicutan, Meralco South Business Area Head Willy Baetiong, Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig, Meralco Central Distribution Services Head Jerry Lao, Kap. Suranie Ulanday of Brgy. Tuktukan, Meralco South Distribution Services Head Allan Baltazar, and Kap. Marie Marcelino of Brgy. Ususan.
All parties, with the leaders of Barangay Western Bicutan, Barangay Central Bicutan, Barangay Tuktukan, and Barangay Ususan, assert that this MOA ensures a truly brighter future ahead for everyone involved. With these measures in place, Meralco hopes to set a precedent for future collaborations that pave the way for safer cities and even better service – all in the name of powering the good life.