Republic Act No. 5840






Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:


SECTION 1.  Subject to the terms and conditions established in Act Numbered Thirty-six hundred thirty-six, as amended by Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred thirty-two, and to the provisions of the Constitution, there is hereby granted to Jesus Sol in the Municipality of Ginatilan, Province of Cebu, for a period of twenty-five years from the approval of this Act, the right, privilege and authority to install, maintain and operate an electric light, heat and power system and an ice plant for the purpose of generating, distributing electric light, heat and/or power and of manufacturing ice for sale within the limits of the said municipality.


SEC. 2.  In the event that the grantee shall purchase and secure from the National Power Corporation electric heat and power, the National Power Corporation is hereby authorized to negotiate and transact for the benefit and in behalf of the public consumers with reference to rates.


SEC. 3.  The grantee shall manufacture and supply ice up to the limit of the capacity of his plant, said limit to be determined by the Public Service Commission.


SEC. 4.  All the apparatus and appurtenances to be used by the grantee shall be modern, safe and first class in every respect, and the grantee shall, whenever the Public Service Commission shall determine that public interest reasonably requires it, change or alter any of its apparatus and appurtenances at grantee’s expense.


SEC. 5.  If the grantee .shall not commence the manufacture and distribution of ice and the generation of electric light, heat and power in the Municipality of Ginatilan, Province of Cebu, within two years from the approval of this Act, unless prevented by an act of God or force majeure, martial law, riot, civil commotion, usurpation by military power or any other cause beyond the grantee’s control, this franchise shall be null and void.


SEC. 6.  This franchise is granted subject to the provisions of the Constitution and Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred forty-six, as amended and with the understanding and upon the condition that it shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or renewal by the Congress of the Philippines, when public interest so requires.


SEC. 7.  The books, records and accounts of the grantee shall always be open to the inspection of the Auditor General or his authorized representatives, and it shall be the duty of the grantee to submit to the Auditor General quarterly reports in duplicate showing the gross receipts for the quarter past.


SEC. 8.  In consideration of this franchise the grantee shall pay a tax equivalent to five per centum of its gross income.


SEC. 9.  It is expressly provided that in the event the Government should desire to maintain and operate for itself the system and enterprise herein authorized, the grantee shall surrender his franchise and will turn over to the Government all serviceable equipment therein, at cost, less reasonable depreciation.


SEC. 10.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.


Enacted without Executive approval, June 21, 1969

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