PASAY GOV’T, MERALCO INK LANDMARK URBANIZATION SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The Pasay City Government and the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) forged a landmark strategic partnership agreement where both Government and the Private Sector will work towards responding to the challenges of sustainable urbanization and development.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pasay City, and MERALCO, was signed last July 24, 2015 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay. Pasay City was represented by Mayor Antonino G. Calixto while MERALCO was represented by President and Chief Executive Officer Oscar Reyes. Also in attendance were Congresswoman Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano, Pasay City Administrator Atty. Dennis Acorda , together with other City Officials, as well as
MERALCO Senior Vice President and Corporate Communications Head Alfredo Panlilio.

“Urbanization is a driving force as well as a source of development with the power to change and improve lives.  This is one of Pasay City’s response to the UN Habitat III Conference where we work to bring everyone -- Member States, multilateral organizations, local governments, private sector and civil society, to look for solutions to the complex challenge of urbanization.” Calixto said.

Among the Programs both the Pasay Government and the Meralco agreed to work together on include Disaster Preparedness. Since Mayor Calixto is also the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Chairman, he said that he will closely coordinate with MERALCO in facets of Peace and Order where they can work together.

This would entail the formulation of Communication Protocols between Pasay and MERALCO for timely coordination and assistance during calamities such as typhoons, floods, fires and accidents. A “Typhoon Watch” Campaign will also be conducted starting June of every year. Mineral gallon containers re-used as personal floatation device called “SALBABOTES”, will also be donated for barangays and areas prone to flooding.

Both parties also agreed to work on the Community Electrification Program; Tree Planting Program; Drug Prevention Program as well as Sports and Youth Advocacy.  MERALCO commits to support Pasay’s engaging of the youth through sports-related activities in collaboration with the MERALCO Bolts, MERALCO Power Spikers and the MERALCO Sparks.

Strategic Planning regarding Pasay City’s Electricity Distribution Requirement; the Electric Vehicle Project; Energy and Environmental Conservation Program, and the Prepaid Electric Services were also included in the partnership agreement.

Likewise, the Pasay City and the MERALCO will work together for the safety and improvement of the community by regular trimming of trees, removal of dangling wires, repair and maintenance of streetlights and processing of streetlight applications, if needed.

Meanwhile, Pasay will give MERALCO advance information on areas that will be changing land usage and information regarding the City’s Development Plan.

A meralco kiosk will also be set up in the City Hall to entertain and process queries, application, complaints and other MERALCO concerns.  /PASAY City PIO

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 Press Release: Pasay City - Public Information Office

Tuesday, July 28, 2015