More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has collected an estimated 300 kilometers of wirings or “jumper cables” in almost a month of continuous and diligent operations against illegal electric connections in Iloilo City.
The company said Friday that its engineers also estimated that if placed on a weighing scale, the wires would weigh at least 10 tons.
“MORE Power is mandated by the law to measure and label this illegal jumper cables for use as evidence in the investigation so prosecutors can file the proper court cases against the pilferers,” it said.
The new distribution utility said technical studies conducted by engineering firm MIESCOR Engineering Corp. showed there could be as many as 30,000 illegal power connections in the city.
This illegal connection proliferated during the operations of the former Iloilo City utility Panay Electric Co. (PECO), MORE said.
MORE Power said the high number of illegal power connections contributes to the high systems loss that the utility passes on to consumers and its own operating costs, resulting in high electricity rates.
To date, MORE Power has conducted its Oplan Valeria anti-jumper raids in 156 out of 180 barangays.
The campaign against illegal power connections has so far netted some 5,000 illegal jumpers, which led to the 300 kilometers of jumper cables in MORE Power’s warehouse.
MORE Power also increased security in areas where power pilferage was observed to be prevalent to discourage the perpetrators from reconnecting.
The company said 17 persons were arrested for being caught in the act of illegal connections.
MORE Power said it will continue its Oplan Valeria Jumpers raids in the remaining 24 barangays in the city of Iloilo to end pilferage.
The electric power distribution facility is now busy installing electric meters in the homes of the thousands of consumers who have since applied following the non-stop crackdown on illegal connections.