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Electricity in Cebu is reliable.

The Visayas island group to which Cebu belongs has three main power baseloads which are interconnected into one grid with a capacity of over 2,200 MW of electricity. The main source is geothermal energy, supplemented by thermal and diesel generating plants. These sources provide Cebu with a predictable 220 volt AC electricity at stable prices.

The state-run National Power Corporation generates the electric requirements of the province, distributing it to three major electric firms: Visayan Electric Company (VECO), Mactan Electric Company (MECO), and the Cebu Electric Cooperative (Cebeco).

Potable water is abundant in most areas, with ongoing infrastructure projects providing a significant increase in water supply to meet the growing needs of the industry. Water supply is provided by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), individually owned wells and independent water districts. MCWD services about 30% of the province's population.

The road and bridge system is undergoing a substantial upgrade to bring the road transport system into the 21st century.

Modern land lines with IDD, fiber optic data lines and Internet Service Providers are available in most areas. GSM digital and Analog Cellular Networks provide good coverage in the city and much of the province. International roaming is supported.

Cebu is the first province in the Philippines to have a complete telephone system. All of its five cities and 48 municipalities are provided with an efficient and advanced telephone system. As of 1998, there were 323,000 digital lines and 13,000 non-digital line. At present, IDD networks reach all major cities in 116 countries on a 24-hour basis. The province has 4 basic telephone companies, six paging companies, five cellular phone companies, and 20 Internet Service Providers. Cebu has a wide range of media facilities. There are seven local television channels, three Cable TV stations, 20 FM and 13 AM radio stations and a variety of local, national and international newspapers.

 


   
POWER & WATER SITUATIONER
CEBU PROVINCE
 
    Power Situationer
Year
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
 Generation
 (in Million MWH)
1.691
1.53
1.161
1.43
 
 Charge in Pesos
 (per Kwhr)
 For Business:     P 5.46
 For Household:   P 5.20
 Major
 Consumers
 General Milling Corporation
 Grand Cement Corporation
 ISLACOM
 Philippine Air Force
 Phil. Mining Services Corp.
 Mactan Export Processing Zone 1 & 2
 Public & Private  Companies  Involved  Public:   National Power Corporation
 Private:  Visayas Electric Co. (VECO), Mactan  Electric Co. (MECO), MEPZ 2 - Acoland,
 CEBECO 1  & 2
 Installed  Capacity
 (in MW)
 Salcon Power Corporation:          199.60
 East Asia Utility Corp.:                 48.00
 Cebu Private Power Corp.:            70.00
 Toledo Power Comapny:             125.00
 Leyte "A" (Cebu):                       180.00
 Total Capacity:                           622.60 MW

Water Situationer
 Year
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
 Generation
 (in Million cu.m.)
44.56
46.86
47.51
50.47
 
 Charge in Pesos
 (per cu.m.)
 For Business: Dependent on meter size
 1-3 in.     P 345-P 3,928
 4-6 in.     P 7,986-P 11,762

 For Households:
 11-20 cu.m     P 11.97
 21-30 cu.m.    P 14.07
 31 & above    P 38.61
 Public & Private  Companies
 Involved
 Public: Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD)


 
   
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