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MERALCO CREWS ON ALERT FOR NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION



The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said yesterday that it is ready to provide 24-hour assistance during the upcoming New Year celebration. 

Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco Spokesperson and Public Information Office Head, said all emergency crews will be on alert, especially on New Year’s Eve to ensure that the utility firm will be able to respond to any issue or contingency. 

He said that this early, they already have contingency measures in place in case facilities get affected by pyrotechnics and firecracker explosions. 

Zaldarriaga advised all Meralco customers to observe utmost safety, as caution is still the best safety tip during the upcoming holiday. 

"We advise the general public not to play with firecrackers and pyrotechnics near our facilities, most especially electric lines and transformers because this may cause power interruptions and even result in accidents," he said. 

“Confetti, party-poppers and balloons can also cause electric trouble, so it would be best to use them in open spaces and far from our facilities,” Zaldarriaga reminded the public.

Zaldarriaga added that while Meralco regularly upgrades, modernizes and maintains its facilities to ensure that they are in top condition, overhead lines are still vulnerable to firecracker explosions, pyrotechnics and other party items. 

In case of emergencies, Meralco customers can call Meralco’s 24-hour call center at 16211. 

"Our call center is ready to respond to customers’ need at any given time. Its service is available 24/7," Zaldarriaga said. 

For safety tips and other Meralco related services, customers can visit the company website at www.meralco.com.ph. For more helpful tips or to report customer concerns, customers may also visit Meralco’s social media accounts, Twitter @meralco and Facebook at www.facebook.com/meralco.

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