The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has agreed to relocate its power distribution facilities to pave the way for various railway projects being pursued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
This, as Meralco signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOTr earlier this month for the relocation of electric posts, which are located along the right of way of projects such as the LRT-1 Cavite Extension, Common Station, MRT-7, North-South Commuter Railway System and PNR South Long Haul.
“We have already started the relocation of the electric posts along the LRT-1 Cavite Extension, MRT-7 and PNR North Phase 1 since last year,” Meralco Public Sector Head Geralyn Solidum said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) late last week.
The Meralco official said that the DOTr will provide the proposed alignment of the railway projects to facilitate the relocation of their electric poles.
“The DOTr will provide us the alignment of the railway projects for us to determine which of our poles are located along the right of way. They will give us the location where the posts will be relocated,” said Solidum.
The signing of the MOA with the DOTr will enable the power distribution firm to file a petition before the Energy Regulatory Commission to seek for the approval of its capital outlay on the clearing and relocation of its power facilities that could be traversed by the railway projects.
Meralco has earlier said that it is eyeing to allocate more than P4 billion to relocate distribution poles affected by railway projects
under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program. (PNA)