Getting Electricity in


Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and cost required for a business to obtain an electricity connection for a newly constructed building in Philippines.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to MERALCO and await site inspection

    Agency: MERALCO

    MERALCO evaluates the application, and sends engineer to site inspection and inspection of service entrance. Requirements along with application include:

    Initial requirement to start the Service Application Process
    - Formal request letter
    - Complete service application form
    - Electrical Plan signed & sealed by Professional Electrical Engineer (load schedule, list of loads, single line diagram, location sketch)

    Other requirements before contracting
    - Wiring Permit (Original/Meralco Copy for issuance of meter base)
    - Valid ID card with picture ( Driver's license, GSIS ID, SSS ID, Passport, TIN Card, Firearm's License, Philhealth ID, PRC License, Original NBI Clearance, Pag-ibig ID)
    - TIN Card / BIR Certificate of Registration
    - SEC Registration with Articles of Incorporation or DTI Registration
    - Company's Latest General Information Sheet (GIS)
    - Secretary's Certificate
    - Contract of Lease / Transfer Certificate Title (TCT) / Deed of Sale / Condominium Title Certificate (CTC) / Contract to Sell
    - Depending on the nature of your business and location, a PEZA or BOI Certification for Zero VAT Rating

    Other requirements before energization
    -Payment of service deposit

    3 calendar days PHP 0

    Receive site visit from MERALCO and await estimate

    Agency: MERALCO

    14 calendar days PHP 0
    * 3

    Request and receive inspection certificate from Quezon City

    Agency: Quezon City

    Request for Certificate of Electrical Inspection (CEI) from Quezon City. This can be done once the electrical installations are completed and engineer in-charge of installation signs the “Completion Certificate of Electrical Installation” and submitted together with the application for CEI to the City.

    7 calendar days PHP 7,500

    Submit inspection certificate to MERALCO and await final connection

    Agency: MERALCO

    Once a service contract is signed - and the project cost and deposit is paid - MERALCO starts the installation of power service connection and metering. The project cost is shouldered by MERALCO through the Customer Allocation Budget. The security deposit charged can be refunded by the customer, including accumulated interest only upon termination of the service contract or if the account is transferred to another owner. Interest rate fluctuates with the current central bank rate and is accrued to the account.

    25 calendar days PHP 33,408.66

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 3.8
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 2.71
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? Yes
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.meralco.com.ph/consumer-information/rates-archive
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? No
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 17.6


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.