“An act extending and enhancing the implementation of the lifeline rate, amending fot the purpose, Section 73 of Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the 'Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2021', As amended by Republic Act No. 10150”
Lifeline rate refers to the subsidized rate given to qualified marginalized end-users defined under the Act, as part of the socialized pricing mechanism, that provides for percentage discount, subject to the guidelines set by the ERC.
a. Qualified household-beneficiary under the Republic Act No. 11310, otherwise known as the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or “4Ps Act” subject to certain conditions provided under section 73 of the Republic Act No. 9136, as amended by Section 1 of Republic Act No. 1152; or
b. Marginalized end-user, living below the poverty threshold established by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), who possesses the qualifications and none of the disqualifications under the Act and IRR.
a. Marginalized end-users who are residing in condominiums or subdivision projects which are under the programs or projects of the government duly certified by the LGU or relevant authorities; and
b. Marginalized end-users who are availing of the net-metering services, with the exception of end-users deemed qualified under section 15 of the net metering rules.
c. Those who do not qualify in any categories of marginalized end-users but whose level of consumption threshold determined and approved by the ERC.
d. Those found to be in violation of Republic Act No. 7832, otherwise known as the Anti-Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Act of 1994.
For 4Ps Beneficiaries:
For other applicants who are not 4Ps:
The lifeline rate granted to qualified 4Ps beneficiaries shall be valid within the period indicated in the certified list issued by the DSWD, undless the DSWD delists the said beneficiary earlier than the original period. In such case, the DU shall continue the grant of the lifeline rate no longer than two (2) billing cycles from the time it received the list of delisted 4Ps, Beneficiaries.
The lifeline rate granted to qualified marginalized end-users who is NOT a 4Ps Beneficiary shall be valid for a period of three (3) years from the issuances of the certification by the local SWDO. However, the DU may, at any time, conduct validation to ensure that the said qualified marginalized end-user is still eligible for the grant of lifeline rate.