The majority of Filipino consumers are disappointed with the high electricity tariffs, according to a recent nationwide Pulse Asia survey.
According to the survey conducted in June, 60 percent of respondents recorded their dissatisfaction with the price of electricity.
The highest dissatisfaction rate was recorded in Metro Manila, with 84 percent discontent.
Dr. Ana Tabunda of Pulse Asia, who presented the results in a press conference on Monday, said that although general sentiment across the country was dissatisfied, a large majority of those who were dissatisfied were registered in urban areas.
The research was carried out from June 15 to 21, a period in which the electricity tariffs had fallen. It interviewed about 1800 respondents, with a national margin of error of ± 2.3.
Meanwhile, a large majority of respondents, registered with 82 percent, were in favor of a new option for their electrical service provider or electricity company.
About 89 percent of respondents also indicated that they preferred to increase the use of renewable energy in the country.
The sentiment on the majority was reflected in all geographical areas, with 88 percent in Metro Manila approving a new alternative to the electrical service provider, followed by 84 percent in the Visayas, 83 percent in Mindanao and 78 percent in Balance Luzon.
The Power for People Coalition, a multisectoral group that lobbies for clean, safe and affordable energy, said the results showed a clear validation of the campaign of many social groups for a shift in energy consumption.
"This should convey a clear message to policy makers and policy makers about what to do with energy consumption and electricity in the country," said Gerry Arances, executive director of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development.
The electricity prices in Metro Manila are now P12 per kilowatt hour and are distributed by the Manila Electric Company, the largest distributor of electricity in the country. Higher prices are recorded in Iloilo City, which can go up to P20 per kWh. – With a report from Inquirer Research
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