Higher electricity sales and increased power rates buoyed power distributor Manila Electric Company’s (Meralco) consolidated core net income by 135% in the first quarter.
“Meralco on Thursday reported that its consolidated core net income for the first quarter jumped to a hefty P2 billion from P800 million during the same period in 2009. Its consolidated net income for the same period soared by 127% to P2 billion.
“The company’s consolidated revenue increased by 34% to P61.1 billion, helped by an increase in its customer base and significantly higher average pass-through costs.”
— Meralco’s Q1 consolidated core net profit up 135% to P2-B
OK, OK, so Meralco has to pass on to consumers the power generation increase posted by its suppliers, but pray, tell, why pass on the distribution increase in April when electricity is sorely needed by customers and amid 2-hour rotational brownouts:
Apart from the increase in generation charge, Meralco customers would also have to contend with the reflection of Meralco’s ERC-approved distribution charge increase.
The increase, which was granted under the performance-based regulation (PBR) scheme, was approved as early as December but would not be passed on to consumers until this month. This particular increase amounted to almost 27 centavos per kWh.
The PBR scheme allowed distribution utilities such as Meralco to charge rates based on projected investments and operating expenses related to electricity distribution.
— PDI: Power Down, Rates UP
On Facebook: Protest against MERALCO electricity price hike
This usually dire coverage of Manila by CNN offers small comforts to someone who lives in a high rise or whose one-story office building sits right beside the bay.
Bishops in our Bedroom: Roman Catholic Church and the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines
DISCLAIMER: It’s not that I don’t believe in families and the sheer joy of having kids. I love kids and I’d like to have one (or two or three) someday, but the thought of spewing countless spawns when you can hardly feed yourself or put a roof above head is sheer madness, methinks. Of course kids are a blessing if you know how to be a good, responsible parent. But if the kind of life that you will bring a child into is no more decent than that lived by stray dogs, then I don’t think that moral at all. It’s evil, actually. These bishops should be the ones to feed those children who have been consigned by their irresponsible parents to the streets.
I’m interested in going to this event, if only maybe to watch former American Veep A Gore deliver his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth” in person. The lecture is updated for Asian audiences.
UPDATE: Date of the event has been moved from April 30 to June 8. Tickets are sold at Php15000, Php 10000, Php 5000, and Php 1000.