Republic Act No. 7832

ANTI-ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES/MATERIALS PILFERAGE ACT OF 1994

Direct Tapping Flying Connection Jumper Diversion of Ground Broken Glass Tilted Kwh Meter Tampered Seals

 

Signed into law on December 8, 1994 Took Effect on January 17, 1995

ILLEGAL USE OF ELECTRICITY

  • Tap, make or cause to be made any connection with overhead lines, service drops, or other electric service wires, without previous authority or consent of the private electric utility or rural electric cooperative concerned

  • Tap, make or cause to be made any connection to the existing electric service facilities of any duly registered consumer without the latter's or the electric utility's consent or authority;

  • Tamper, install or use a tampered electrical meter, jumper, current reversing transformer, shorting or shunting wire, loop connection or any other device which interferes with the proper or accurate registry or metering of electric current or otherwise results in its diversion in a manner whereby electricity is stolen or wasted;

  • Damage or destroy an electric meter, equipment, wire or conduit or allow any of them to be so damaged or destroyed as to interfere with the proper or accurate metering of electric current; and

  • Knowingly use or receive the direct benefit of electric service obtained through any of the acts mentioned in subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) above.

 

WHAT CONSTITUTES PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE?

  1. The presence of a bored hole on any part of the meter.

  2. The presence of salt, sugar and other element inside the meter.

  3. The existence of any wiring connection which affects the normal registration of the meter.

  4. The absence of ERC/NEA seal or the presence of tampered, broken or fake seal.

  5. The presence of current reversing transformer, jumper, shorting and/or shunting wire or loop connection or other similar device in any part of the building or its premises which is subject to the control of the consumer or on the electric meter;

  6. The mutilation, alteration, reconnection, disconnection, bypassing or tampering of instruments, transformer and accessories

  7. The destruction or an attempt to destroy any integral accessory of the metering device box which encases an electric meter.

  8. The acceptance of money or any valuable consideration by any officer or employee of the electric utility concerned or the making of such an offer to officer or employee for not reporting the presence of any circumstances enumerated.

 

In order to constitute prima facie evidence:

      The discovery of the aforesaid circumstances must be personally witnessed and attested to by the consumer or a duly authorized ERC representative or any officer of the law. For suspected tampered meters, the subject of the offense must be placed in a suitable container, properly identified and sealed, and shall be opened only for testing in the meter laboratory by the duly authorized ERC representative.

RIGHT TO DISCONNECT AND ITS REQUIREMENT

      When the owner/occupant of the house or establishment concerned or someone acting in his behalf shall have been caught in flagrante delicto doing any of the facts enumerated. Provided that a written notice or warning to that effect has been served by the utility or cooperative concerned to the owner of the house or establishment or his duly authorized representative, prior to such disconnection The said notice shall be served prior to such disconnection and shall indicate the following:

  • Name and Address of the consumer
  • Consumer Account Number
  • Date of Apprehension
  • Findings of Fact
  • Amount of Energy Pilfered in Kilowatthour
  • The Amount representing the Differential Billing
  • The Method Used in Computing the Differential Billing

DIFFERENTIAL BILLING

      Refers to the amount charged to the person concerned for the unbilled electricity illegally consumed. All bills affected by the pilferage shall be corrected to include the unbilled kWh consumption. The differential billing shall be computed based on the current rates of electricity at the time of apprehension and shall be equal to the difference between the sums of the corrected and original bills.

PERIOD TO BE RECOVERED

      If prior to the date of discovery, there was a change in the customer’s service connection or there was an abnormal or abrupt drop in consumption, the period to be recovered shall be reckoned from the time of their occurrence. In the absence of both, the distribution utility may be allowed to recover a differential billing corresponding to a maximum of sixty (60) billing months up to the time of discovery. The period shall, in no case, be less than one (1) year preceding the date of discovery of illegal use of electricity.

 

METHODS OF COMPUTING THE DIFFERENTIAL BILLING

      The estimated monthly consumption as per report of load inspection conducted during the time of discovery. The highest recorded monthly consumption within the five (5) year period preceding the time of discovery The higher consumption between the average consumption before and after the highest drastic drop in consumption within the five (5) year period preceding the discovery. The highest recorded monthly consumption within four months after the time of discovery. The result of ERC test during the time of discovery. (for violations that are due to tampered meters)

PENALTIES

Violation of Section 2:

      Penalty of prison mayor or a fine ranging from Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) to Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) or both, at the discretion of the court. If the violation is committed by a partnership, firm, corporation, association or any legal entity, including a government-owned or controlled corporation, the penalty shall be imposed on the president, manager, and each of he officers thereof who shall have knowingly permitted, failed to prevent or was otherwise responsible for the commission of the offense.

SURCHARGES

  • First apprehension - Twenty-Five Percent (25%)
  • Second apprehension - Fifty Percent (50%)
  • Third and subsequent apprehension - One Hundred Percent (100%)
  • The private electric utility or rural electric cooperative is authorized to discontinue the electric service in case the consumer is in arrears in the payment of the above imposed surcharges.

RATIONALIZATION OF SYSTEM LOSS

      The current system loss cap set by the ERC in its Resolution No. 17, Series of 2008 shall remain in force and effect until modified or repealed by ERC. For Electric Cooperatives: 14% at the end of the 5th year following the effectivity of this Act A system loss charge shall be determined annually based on the previous year’s costs and revenues of the DU which subject to confirmation and true-up to ensure that only legitimate costs are borne by the consumers. Whenever the actual annual system loss level of the DU falls below the prevailing cap set by the ERC, a benefit-sharing scheme shall be implemented primarily for the benefit of the customers.

Whenever the actual annual system loss level of the DU falls below the prevailing cap set by the ERC, a benefit-sharing scheme shall be implemented primarily for the benefit of the customers.

INCENTIVES FOR TIPSTERS LEYECO V

      shall be giving a P2,000.00 tipster incentive to any person who reports to LEYECO V any act which may constitute a violation of Section 2 of R.A. 7832. Provided, however, that the person/establishment being reported has been apprehended for violations of R.A. 7832 as a result of the tipsters report.

Important Advisory for Consumers:

  • Pay your bills on time to avoid disconnection of electric service.
  • Always ask for official receipts when paying electric bills.
  • Ask for identification cards of disconnection crew in case of disconnection of electric service.
  • Do not give “pang gasolina” to the isconnection crew as they are provided with fuel allocation by LEYECO V.
  • Do not “hangyo” or negotiate with the disconnection crew as they are not authorized to negotiate in behalf of LEYECO V.
  • All requests for consideration shall be addressed only by LEYECO V collection and disconnection divisions.
  • Do not give any monetary amount to any of the disconnection crew as they are not authorized to receive any payment.
  • Bill payments shall be paid through LEYECO V’s authorized collecting agents and collectors only.
  • Official Receipts shall be issued to the consumer to validate payment of bills.
  • Barangay Electricians are not allowed to reconnect electric service unless otherwise previous authority has been given by the management of LEYECO V.

 

INCENTIVES FOR TIPSTERS

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LEYECO V shall be giving a P2,000.00 tipster incentive to any person who reports to LEYECO V any act which may constitute a violation of Section 2 of R.A. 7832. Provided, however, that the person/establishment being reported has been apprehended for violations of R.A. 7832 as a result of the tipsters report.

Important Advisory for Consumers:

  1. Pay your bills on time to avoid disconnection of electric service.

  2. Always ask for official receipts when paying electric bills. Ask for identification cards of disconnection crew in case of disconnection of electric service. Do not give “pang gasolina” to the disconnection crew as they are provided with fuel allocation by LEYECO V. Do not “hangyo” or negotiate with the disconnection crew as they are not authorized to negotiate in behalf of LEYECO V. All requests for consideration shall be addressed only by LEYECO V collection and disconnection divisions. Do not give any monetary amount to any of the disconnection crew as they are not authorized to receive any payment. Bill payments shall be paid through LEYECO V’s authorized collecting agents and collectors only. Official Receipts shall be issued to the consumer to validate payment of bills.

  3. Barangay Electricians are not allowed to reconnect electric service unless otherwise previous authority has been given by the management of LEYECO V.

     

Please help LEYECO V bust electricity pilferers by reporting any act which may constitute a violation of R.A. 7832. All reports are treated with utmost confidentiality.

You may call LEYECO V Customer Welfare Desk at any of its contact numbers.

Globelines: (053) 561-4075 to 4078

Ortelco: (053) 255-7211; 255-2615; 255-8499

Fax. Nos. (053) 561-4668; 255-6711

INFOTXT: 0908-865-9575

CALL ONLY : 0922-827-8956

Website: www.leyeco-v.com.ph

eMail Address: info@leyeco-v.com.ph

Action Centers:

Albuera: 562-9474

Isabel: 556-9820

Palompon: 555-9036

Calubian: 530-7282

Leyte: 548-0197

Tabango: 551-9787

           

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