Gensets selling like hotcakes in Quiapo

Posted at 07/18/2014 2:32 PM | Updated as of 07/18/2014 2:32 PM

MANILA - Generator sets are currently selling like hotcakes in Quiapo as many households in Metro Manila remain without power two days after typhoon "Glenda" battered Luzon.

According to vendor Al Sanchez, he opened his shop at 5 a.m. Friday to attend to the many customers looking for generator sets.

Sanchez said buyers have been flocking to the store since Thursday to look for generator sets.

Sanchez said the sets he is selling right now are cheaper since these are old stock. Once the new ones arrive, prices will increase, he said.

A 950-watt generator set currently costs P5,000, but its price will go up to P7,000, he said.

Meanwhile, the price of a 3300-watt generator set with manual start will increase from P13,500 to P15,000 while the price of a 3200-watt generator set with automatic start will go up from P16,500 to P18,000.

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Friday morning said rotating brownouts will continue in some parts of Metro Manila and southern Luzon due to insufficient power supply.

Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said as of 7 a.m., around 11 percent or 290,681 Meralco customers still have no power.

Franchise-wide, around 27.5 percent or 1.468 million still have no power. -- Report from Noel Alamar, dzMM