Group asks House panel to approve new franchise for Meralco

Group asks House panel to approve new franchise for Meralco

/ 02:17 PM June 11, 2024

Customers endure long lines at the Meralco business center along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to pay their electricity bills. (GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — A group has called on the House of Representatives to pass a bill that will give the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) a new franchise.

The House committee on legislative franchises said it has received a letter from the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI).


The foundation endorsed proposals for a fresh 25-year franchise for Meralco.


According to the group, granting Meralco a new franchise will stabilize electric supply, which is crucial to the growth of the semiconductor industry in the Philippines.

“Amidst the country’s ongoing economic progress, we extend our full support for Meralco’s franchise renewal as they contributed significantly to the industry’s status as the country’s leading exporter,” SEIPI President Dan Lachica said in the letter.

“This will give confidence to foreign investors, as it will signal stability in our economic landscape,” he told lawmakers.

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Bills seeking a new legislative franchise for Meralco are being deliberated at the committee level.

READ: Rodriguez: Biz groups back new Meralco franchise to ensure stability 


Previously, the Makabayan bloc said the hearings for Meralco’s new franchise should not be rushed because many issues have to be reviewed.

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ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro (File photo from the Facebook page of the House of Representatives)

ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro said she hopes the committee on legislative franchises would be able to study it properly first, especially since Meralco’s franchise would last until 2028.

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