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FEBRUARY: Lower overall power rates

Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. customers whose household’s average monthly electricity consumption is 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will see a decrease of P185.94 this month of February as compared to their previous month’s billing. This is because of the ninety-three (0.93) centavo decrease in the overall power rate due mainly to higher availability of cheaper hydropower supply from NPC/PSALM and decreasing fuel rates of coal suppliers.

The generation rate is at P6.79 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for February which is a P0.85 decrease from last month. This brings the total power rate down to P11.52 from P12.45 in January.

Power rates as reflected in Davao Light monthly bills are divided into 4 major components: Generation and Transmission, Distribution, Subsidies and Other Charges, and Government Charges and Taxes. Generation and transmission charges are pass-through charges that Davao Light collects and pays to power suppliers and the transmission operator, respectively.

Meanwhile, Davao Light only charges the customers for distribution, which remains at an average of P1.4257 per kilowatt-hour as approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). This charge has not increased since 2013.

The company sources more than 50% of its power requirements from non-renewable sources such as coal while nearly 50% is from renewable sources such as hydropower, a cheaper source, which remains unaffected by the volatility of world market prices. Davao Light assures its customers that it is doing its best to maintain a well-balanced power mix to provide its customers with reliable power at the most reasonable cost.

Davao Light encourages its customers to use energy efficiently to better manage their electricity consumption at home. They can check on the complete February power rates at Davao Light’s website,, and click on Customer Services – Monthly Rates Schedule.

Davao Light is the third largest privately-owned electric distribution utility in the country in terms of customer size and annual kWh sales. Its franchise area covers the cities of Davao and Panabo and the municipalities of Carmen, Dujali, and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte, with a population of approximately 2.23 million and a total area of 3,561 sq. kms. PR


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