Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced it would issue new meter-based bills in June to its consumers, and said bills from March, April and May based on estimated averages should be disregarded.

Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said in a Teleradyo interview that the new bills would be based on actual meter readings.

Consumers had complained of “bill shocks,” or an unexpected spike in their electricity bills.

Zaldarriaga said payments would be made on installment basis starting June 15, based on an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) order.

“Iyong bill para sa installment, ipapadala po ‘yan nang hiwalay sa bill ng current June consumption. Ang mga hindi nakabayad ng tatlong buwan, installment na po ‘yan starting June 15 hanggang November 15,” Zaldarriaga said.

Installments will have zero interest, he added.

On May 22, the ERC released guidelines that required utility distributors to issue new electric bills based on actual meter reading. John Ezekiel J. Hirro