So you want to live in Lapu-Lapu City?


Published July 11, 2005

Don’t. Our less-than-a-year-old TV set conked out last week after a power surge. The service of Mactan Electric Company (MECO, which at times may mean mediocre electric company) has become more erratic than it already is lately.

To be fair, Meco’s services have improved, albeit incrementally. Last year, whenever rains were particularly strong — the type when raindrops hitting your face actually hurt — you could expect a blackout to follow. This year, though, there are times when we still have power even during exceptionally heavy rains.

Unlike our more fortunate neighbors serviced by the Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) across the bridge, Lapu-Lapu residents do not get announcements of scheduled power interruptions. Veco makes it a point to place newspaper advertisements of schuled blackouts and go the rounds of radio stations to announce the scheduled power interruption.

Meco, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care. I’ve never read nor heard announcements of scheduled blackouts from Meco. I suspect they don’t take the effort to announce scheduled power interruptions.

What I do, instead, is call Meco to ask whether there is a scheduled blackout in times when I absolutely have to use a computer: when I had classes for an online course I?m taking or when I have work deadlines.

I envy residents serviced by Veco. Not only does Veco take customer relationships seriously, it also has advance facilities to deal with subscribers.

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu. He has written and edited for such publications as The Freeman, The Independent Post, Today, Sun.Star Cebu, and Cebu Daily News. He is also a mobile app and web developer and co-founded InnoPub Media with his wife Marlen, who is also a journalist.

1 comment

  1. My mom would love to hear that Negros is so not alone in terms of constant black outs… I cannot believe how dependent I have become to the electricity, but living in the city of QC, we hardly have any black or brown outs and when we do, we ran away from our houses to hang around in the malls …

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