“The EPIRA is a failure. That Filipino families now contend with having to pay the highest electricity rates in Asia is enough proof that Congress has done a great disservice by enacting this law. I urge my colleagues in Congress to correct this error and immediately review and repeal the EPIRA and pass measures that will bring help electricity rates down.” read more »
After imposing price controls over fuel prices, two militant lawmakers are now urging the Palace to place electricity distributed by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) under Executive Order 839 to avert a looming rate increase. Executive Order 839 was issued in the aftermath of back-to-back storms that ravaged the Philippine main island of Luzon, where a state of calamity remains in effect. read more »
can very well reduce our electric bills significantly and give
much-needed respite by removing taxes imposed on the power industry.
Removing the VAT on electricity is by itself a form of direct subsidy
to consumers,” said Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza. read more »
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza today said President Arroyo’s defense of the Value Added Tax at the State of the Nation Address is the biggest of all lies at yesterday’s 57-minute, tall-tale marathon.
“It is not true that 90% of the country’s VAT on power collection is being paid for by the rich and well to do,” said Maza, citing research conducted by the consumer group, POWER and statistics from the Department of Energy which reveals that: read more »
“Pinapa-ikot lang tayo ng Malacanang, pretending it is out to give relief to consumers when all it is out to do is make taxpayers subsidize their own electric bills, and at a limited scope and time period at that. Malacanang can very well reduce our electric bills significantly and give much needed respite by removing the taxes it imposes on the power industry. Besides, removing the VAT on electricity is by itself a form of direct subsidy to consumers.”
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Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan today joined partylist solons from Bayan Muna in filing a bill to remove the 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity in a bid to immediately reduce electricity rates.
“This measure is a much needed relief for consumers amid skyrocketing food and oil prices. Initial studies show that if this is approved, electricity rates can be reduced by as much as P1.50/kWh,” said Rep. Maza.
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