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Meralco, DTI team up in keeping the lights on for MSME

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The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) renewed its partnership that assures no micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) are left behind in keeping their lights on amid the pandemic.

“This collaboration is very timely considering the recent announcements of community quarantine. MSME has been challenged for more than a year now because of the crippling effects of the pandemic. We are grateful to DTI for this opportunity to collaborate and contribute to rebuilding our economy,” Ferdinand O. Geluz, Meralco First Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said during the virtual signing ceremony.

He added, “Since the lockdowns in March 2020, we have been committed to keeping the lights on for the customers we serve. Aside from assuring reliable service 24/7, we implemented installment payments and deferred disconnection amid the challenges our customers are facing. Today, for areas, under MECQ, disconnections remain suspended, and we continue to deliver service with passion and compassion to help ease the burden of our customers amid these difficult times.”

He also commended the DTI for its efforts to help MSME and for allowing Meralco to assist these enterprises in its own way, and the partnership allows both to power a brighter tomorrow for MSME.

“We all know that these past 17 months have been particularly challenging for our MSMs. The pandemic disrupted business activities in unprecedented ways. Since the implementation of community lockdowns, MSME’ cash flow has been abnormal and negatively impacted their profitability. This pandemic added to their already existing challenges, but despite this, the story of MSME has been one of resilience,” Trade Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona said.

She added the government and private sector should pool their resources to help MSMEs and this collaboration with Meralco will help us in the government to strengthen and assist more MSME recover and rebuild their businesses.

“We are grateful to Meralco for this renewed collaboration. Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to foster the growth and development of MSME,” Lantayona said.

The renewed partnership ensures MSME’ power requirements are addressed accordingly. It also allows Meralco to empower them with programs that would educate them on energy services and solutions relevant to their business through webinars and the trade department’s Negosyo centers.

MSMs could also avail themselves of Free Power Consult program where their energy needs and requirements are assessed. And for new businesses or those planning to expand, MSMEs can also tap private electrical contractors Certified by Meralco, which are also certified by the DTI’s Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board or PCAB.

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