The worsening energy crisis has triggered Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. to call for a national summit composed of key stakeholders in the energy and power industry from both the government and public sectors aimed at drafting an action plan to address the crisis.
In filing Senate Resolution No. 622, Sen. Bongbong said the Joint Congressional Power Commission should convene and spearhead the summit and report to the people the overall state of the energy infrastructure system of the country.
He said the summit shall serve as a venue for stakeholders to discuss, formulate, and suggest remedial actions, whether in the form of legislation or executive measure, to solve the power and energy problem.
Sen. Bongbong said the commission can also provide the much-needed avenue for an honest, impartial, complete, all-inclusive and consultative dialogue on the power and energy problem, as reports from the Executive Department have been rather vague, sugarcoated, incomplete, misleading and evasive and mere passing the buck.
“With the threat of the crisis worsening in the years to come, this is no longer the time to continue to dismiss this as a mere ‘inherited problem’ or to claim that the President ‘has no magic wand to wave’ or blame the past administration for the present problem,” the Senator said.
The Joint Congressional Power Commission was created in 2001 for a term of 10 years, but has been extended for another 10 years, or until 2021, to primarily oversee the implementation of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Act of 2001 (EPIRA), and R.A. No. 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act, enacted in 2008.
Both laws were enacted to ensure a sustainable and affordable supply of electricity and to reduce heavy dependence on fossil fuel through the adoption of sustainable energy development strategies.
In the resolution, Sen. Bongbong also asked the Senate Committee on Energy to look into the status of the implementation of the country’s power development program and national energy plan under R.A. No. 7638, otherwise known as the Department of Energy Act of 1992.