Senator Win Gatchalian has pressed the Department of Energy (DOE) to start implementing the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) Law to ensure that the permitting process of power generation, transmission, and distribution in the Philippines will remain unimpeded as the country remains in quarantine.
Senator Win Gatchalian has urged the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the country’s largest distribution utility, to come up with a separate bill that is more transparent and will be very clear to the consumers, following mounting complaints of sudden surge in supposed electricity consumption for the month of May.
Senator Win Gatchalian has implored the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) anew to issue fresh advisory that will help clear the confusion over exorbitant electricity bills amid numerous complaints, especially that some areas have now been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to prepare contingency measures now that “Ambo” has intensified into a tropical storm, the very first storm that entered the country this year.
Senator Win Gatchalian is calling for an inquiry on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors to determine the measures that the government needs to implement to ensure the country’s energy security.
Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to further extend the price freeze on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene products until the state of national emergency has been totally lifted to ease the financial burden of the already cash-strapped Filipinos.
Senator Win Gatchalian, who championed the passage of the Murang Kuryente Act, said the much awaited Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law recently issued by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) can mitigate the impact on consumers expecting to pay accumulated electricity bills once the quarantine period is lifted.
Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution to determine the short, medium, and long-term effects on the power sector and consumers of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Win Gatchalian has commended the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for swiftly acting on his call to undertake measures that will protect electricity consumers during the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), including the staggered payment of electricity bills.