by Myrna Velasco May 10, 2016 (updated)
The current energy officials are drafting several policy recommendations that they would have to lodge to the next administration for consideration.
In a briefing with reporters, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said “we are drawing up in written form the recommendations after elections.”
As of press time, the leading Presidential contender in the unofficial count is Rodrigo Duterte, who at present is reportedly scouting for his prospective Cabinet members.
The set of policy proposals, according to Monsada, will delve on prioritizing investments in the renewable energy sector, fortifying the Philippine Energy Plan as well as the Transmission Development and Distribution Development Plans.
For RE, the plan is to draw up policies that will further whet the appetite of investors primarily after the era of feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentives.
Nuclear, as a future pathway for the country’s power sector, will also be fleshed out and shall be included in the propounded policies for the energy sector. She said the country will be hosting the ASEAN Forum about nuclear energy latter part of the year – and this may guide the next energy planners on policies on this sphere.
“There are a lot of things that we would want to be continued,” she stressed, thus they will be engaging the next administration to give attention to specific programs that they have already started.
In the petroleum sector, for example, Monsada is batting for the elimination of the tricky “bote-bote” system of retailing fuel products.
Similarly for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the department would want to push for safer handling of the products and to also stop illegal refilling and other trade practices.