The San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (SFELAPCO) is urging marginalized and low-income consumers to apply for Lifeline Discount Subsidy in to lower their monthly electric bills.
This subsidy, provided under Republic Act No. 11552, aims to support individuals and families living below the poverty threshold who struggle to pay their electricity expenses.
The Lifeline Discount Subsidy is available for two groups: members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and customers living below the poverty threshold who are not part of the 4Ps.
Verification of eligibility is done by the local Social Welfare and Development Office (SWDO) using certifications issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Irwin Nucum, Corporate Communications Officer of SFELAPCO, emphasized that consumers who have a monthly electric consumption of 70 kilowatt-hours (kwh) or less are entitled to avail of the subsidy.
He encouraged eligible individuals to visit their offices in person, bringing along their 4Ps ID or SWDO Certification, as well as their latest electric bill. SFELAPCO’s customer relations staff will be available to assist with the application process.
Nucum further explained that in the month of August this year, SFELAPCO customers will only need to pay P10.50 per kwh due to a decrease in the generation charge to P5.79.
Lifeline consumers, who qualify for the subsidy, will pay even lesser than the regular amount per kilowatt-hour, providing much-needed relief for low-income individuals such as fishball vendors, security guards, construction workers, and kakanin sellers.
However, Nucum emphasized the subsidy renewal is not automatic, and it requires individuals to apply for it.
He expressed concern over the low number of applications received so far and urged eligible consumers to take advantage of the subsidy.
SFELAPCO is responsible for providing electricity services in the capital city of Pampanga as well as in Floridablanca town.
By renewing their call for indigent consumers to apply for the Lifeline Discount Subsidy, SFELAPCO aims to ensure that those who need assistance in paying their electric bills are aware of the available support.
Through this subsidy, SFELAPCO aims to fulfill its commitment to supporting the most vulnerable segments of society. It is essential for eligible individuals to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the subsidy to ease their financial burden.