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During the Holy Week break the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) advised its customers to ensure electrical safety at home, especially for those who will head out of town,
Meralco Public Information Office Head Joe Zaldarriaga said, “For a worry-free vacation, we encourage our customers to heed electrical safety and efficiency measures. This includes keeping combustible materials away from outdoor lighting and other sources of heat, and using only light bulbs of specified wattage.” Zaldarriaga also reiterates the importance of turning off and unplugging appliances not in use when on vacation to avoid overheating and waste of energy consumption. Lastly Zaldarriaga added that apart from the regular maintenance and upgrading of facilities, Meralco is ready to provide 24/7 assistance during the Holy Week. According to him, Meralco personnel will also be on standby to respond to any contingency or unexpected power interruptions. "We are one with the nation in observing a solemn and safe Holy Week", he said.
Most important tips are to include adjusting the thermostat of refrigerators to slightly warmer setting when going on a short vacation. For an extended vacation, turn-off and empty the refrigerator, and keep its door open to prevent growth of molds.
One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the company’s social responsibility arm, is also partnering with TV5 for the Gabay Byahe program to ensure the safety of motorists and provide assistance to travelers this Holy Week. OMF has also set up free electronic device charging stations at the Araneta Bus Center Terminal beginning Holy Monday (March 21) until Maundy Thursday (March 24).
For power-related concerns, customers may get in touch with Meralco’s 24-hour Call Center at 16211. They may also send their reports via Meralco’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/meralco) and Twitter (@meralco) accounts.