Utilities are usually already established in a residence so you just need to set up an account. You will need to inform the provider of the change of name on the account and establish that your account is separate from the previous occupant.
In many rental situations, services will be bundled and a collective bill will be issued once a month. These costs may also be incorporated into the price of rent in some places.
If you are registering a new account, you may need to go to the provider's office and fill out a service application. In a new residence or if you have purchased a place, you may need to establish the system. Call your preferred provider as soon as possible and a technician will be sent to set up the utilities.
Payment can be done through automatic debit arrangement on your bank account or automatic charging arrangement on your credit card with the accredited partners of your provider. Cash and check payments can also be made by visiting the utility office and other accredited banks and payment centers. You can also pay online through Internet Banking. Late payments are assessed a penalty. Non-payment of fees results in disconnection of service.
Most households use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). However, the growing trend now is to use electricity for heating and cooking.
LPG tanks are usually bought directly from stores who are LPG dealers or suppliers. Ensure that your stove or gas range is equipped with a connection to LPG tanks.
The average price of an 11 kilogram tank of LPG ranges from PHP 500 to PHP 700. Oil players adjust LPG prices monthly. Most households consume an 11 kilogram tank of LPG within one or two months.
A credit meter is usually supplied and regular bills are sent to the customer following meter readings. For new customers, the provider may ask for a bill deposit and a meter deposit.
Electrical voltage in Manila is 220v, 60HZ. The 2-pronged plug (Type A) and 3-pronged plug (Type B) is used. Light fittings are screw types.
The Manila Electric Company or Meralco is Manila's only electric power distributor.
Most households consume around 100 kWh to 300 kWh per month which amounts to a total charge of between PHP 700 to PHP 3000 per month according to Meralco's rates archive for January 2016. Meralco adjusts power rates monthly.
A credit meter is usually supplied and regular bills are sent to the customer following meter readings. For new customers, the provider may ask for a connection fee and a deposit.
There are two water providers in Manila:
As an indication only, most households consume around 10 cubic meters to 30 cubic meters per month which amounts to a total charge of between PHP 150 to PHP 300.
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