The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) finally stepped in and has decided to order Bukidnon Sub-Transmission Corporation (BSTC) to not push through with the disconnection of Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (BUSECO).
In an order dated September 14, 2016, ERC ordered that BSTC should observe the status quo and refrain from suspending its services to BUSECO. ERC also ordered BUSECO to pay at least 10 percent of their outstanding balance within 7 days. Currently, BUSECO owes BSTC roughly Php 7.19 Million.
BSTC operates the 69 kV sub-transmission system in the province of Bukidnon. BSTC serves both BUSECO and the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative.
This issue stemmed from BSTC’s notice to the public, released a few days ago, and in which they announced that they would disconnect BUSECO from their system for failure to pay their delinquent accounts. The suspension of service was supposed to happen last September 15, 12 noon.
If the disconnection pushed through, the affected areas would have been Malaybalay City, Lantapan, Cabanglasan, Impasugong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Malitbog, Libona, Baungon, Talakag and Barangay Lilingayon in Valencia City.