SENATOR Grace Poe has assured the employees of the Panay Electric Company (PECO) that their jobs are protected in case a new company takes over the operations of the Iloilo utility firm.
“Gusto kong sabihin sa mga empleyado ng PECO, hindi po porke’t magpapalit ang franchise mawawalan kayo ng trabaho because kayo ang may alam magpatakbo niyan,” said Poe, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, allaying fears of mass layoff should PECO fail to renew its legislative franchise from Congress.
“Ibig sabihin, kukunin ang mga empleyado lalong-lalo na kung masipag kayo, wala naman kayong ginagawang kalokohan. There’s no reason why you should be laid off,” said Poe.
PECO franchise is scheduled to expire on January 18, 2019 and its application for renewal is still pending before the House Committee on Legislative Franchises chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez.
The concerns of PECO employees about the controversy in their company prompted Gaudioso Arnejo Sumandi, who claimed to have been allegedly working for the utility firm for 24 years as lineman and trouble shooter, to seek the help of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
Sumandi aired his concern through President Duterte’s 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Hotline about their benefits as employees.
He said PECO management should work on a win-win solution to ensure a better working environment for their employees and guarantee a better service for their consumers.
Earlier, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) vowed to act on customer complaints against PECO.
According to ERC, it allegedly received complaints since 2017 mostly of alleged improper billing and poor customer service which PECO vehemently denied.