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How Much Do You Need To Pay For Electric and Water Bills During Quarantine
  • Summer has officially arrived! Since we’re all staying home because of the Luzon-wide quarantine, the aircon or electric fans are working nearly non-stop. Many of us probably taking frequent baths to beat the heat as well. It all means higher electricity bills and water bills.

    Manila Electric Company, also known as MeralcoManila Water Company Inc. (MWCI) and Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) declared already a 30-day extension for bill payments for those that fall within the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). That's on top of the 60-day grace period for late payments that they usually give customers.

    How will the electricity and water companies know how much to charge you for your consumption during the ECQ? Will you be paying for two months’ worth of electricity and water bills once the ECQ is lifted? 

    How will Meralco, Manila Water, and Maynilad compute your utility consumption during ECQ 

    Your electric and water bills for the duration of the ECQ will be based on your average consumption during the last three month. To estimate it, you can add your bills for the past three months (January to March) and divide the sum into three. The result will determine your bill for March 17 to April 14, of which the 30-day extension to pay still applies. 

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    For example, your electric bill in January was Php1,100. In Febraury, you paid Php1,300 and then Php1,400 in March. Add the three bills and you get Php3,800. Divide Php3,800 by three and you get Php1,266. This will be your total bill for the quarantine month.  

    • (January Consumption + February Consumption + March Consumption) ÷ 3 = Three-month Average Consumption

    When the ECQ has been lifted and meter readings resume, the difference between your three-month average and your actual power consumption from March 17 to April 14 will be added to or subtracted from next month’s bill, Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga told ABS-CBN News.

    Let's say your next actual meter reading is equivalent to a bill of Php1,500. Meralco will subtract your three-month average from your actual consumption. That's Php1,500 minus Php1,266, which is Php234. This amount will be added to your next bill.   

    • (Actual ECQ Consumption - Three-month Average Consumption) + Current Consumption = Total Bill Next Month

    You may need to pay an additional amount if your actual consumption is higher than your three-month average. Or, you may be reimbursed if your usage is lower than what you’ve already been billed. 

    “Any overbilling or under billing in the monthly bills will be adjusted after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine and when normal operations resume,” Manila Water Co. Inc. Corporate Strategic Affairs Head Nestor Jeric T. Sevilla told Business Mirror

    Meralco, Manila Water and Maynilad assured their customers that everyone will have electricity and enough water supply for the duration fo the ECQ. They are also looking into paying the consequent bills in tranches (or portions) to help ease the financial burden of the Filipinos.

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