The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Electrification Program in collaboration with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has given 5,263 households the opportunity to have legal electrical connection.
The households of mostly indigent families are in San Jose del Monte and other municipalities in Bulacan and Laguna, some parts of Rizal and Happy Land Aroma, BASECO Compound, Isla Puting Bato and Parola in Tondo, Manila.
The DOE noted that helping indigent families secure legal electrical connections reduces the risk of fire hazards as a result of illegal use of electricity. The unlawful use of electricity is prohibited under Republic Act No. 7832 or the Anti-Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Electric Transmission lines/Materials Act of 1994.
The illegal acts include wire-tapping, tampering, installing, or using tampered electrical meter, jumper connections, current reversing transformer, shorting, and loop connections, or any attempt to destroy any accessory of the meter box which houses an electric meter or its metering accessories.
The Magna Carta for Residential Consumers also disallows consumers from performing acts related to the pilferage of electricity. The code reinforces the Anti-Pilferage Act by reiterating the circumstances that constitute prima facie evidence of the illegal use of electricity.
These policies serve as the DOE’s guidelines to safeguard the welfare of the consumers against any untoward incidents such as fire that may have been triggered by faulty electrical wiring.