PH needs LNG at the moment to ensure sufficiency of power supply

Senator Win Gatchalian threw his support behind the energy department’s move to ensure the sufficiency of power supply in the country, at least in the short and medium term, by encouraging investments in the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry.   “LNG is good for the country’s national energy security now and I commend the energy […]

Ensure steady electricity supply as appellate court issues TRO vs ERC decision

Senator Win Gatchalian has called on the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Meralco and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to ensure a steady supply of electricity amid a temporary restraining order issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) versus a recent ERC decision denying a joint petition of Meralco and SMC-owned South Premiere […]

To DPWH, NEA: Fast-track electric posts relocation in the middle of roads

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to fast-track the relocation of more than 57,000 electric poles in the middle of road widening projects situated in various parts of the country.   “The recurring failure to address the issue practically defeats the purpose […]

Ensure that poorest consumers are actual beneficiaries of electricity lifeline subsidy

Following the recent signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 11552 or the Act Extending and Enhancing the Implementation of the Lifeline Rate until 2050, Senator Win Gatchalian called on the government to ensure that marginalized consumers are the actual beneficiaries of the electricity lifeline rate subsidy.   Gatchalian […]

PNOC budget slashed by P2.5 billion in a bid to refocus its mandate

The Senate Committee on Finance Sub-Committee E chaired by Senator Win Gatchalian has reduced the budget of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) by P2.5 billion for 2023 as part of efforts to compel the government-owned and controlled firm to refocus its mandate into providing stable and secure supply of oil, including the exploration of […]

Streamline, strengthen PNOC mandate on oil exploration

Senator Win Gatchalian wants to establish a national policy and framework for petroleum exploration and development in the country by amending the charter of the government-owned and controlled Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) with the end goal of reducing the country’s dependence on oil imports.   In filing Senate Bill No. 380, Gatchalian is adamant […]

DOE must set order, direction for PNOC family

The Department of Energy (DOE) should put the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and its subsidiaries in order and set guidance for the state-owned company amid ineffective performance of its mandate.   Gatchalian noted that PNOC was created in 1973 primarily to provide an adequate supply of petroleum products to meet domestic requirements as well […]

Harmonize electrification programs

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking a unified electrification program to expedite the electrification of all households in the country, particularly those located in rural communities.   Currently, the electrification of households in the country is being undertaken by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) through its Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) and the Department of Energy (DOE) […]

Senate probe to unlock oil, gas potential in West Philippine Sea to cut import dependence

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a Senate resolution seeking to establish the oil and gas potential in the West Philippine Sea to address the country’s import dependence for its energy requirements.   The Senate inquiry is intended to push exploration, development, and utilization of such oil and gas reserves toward achieving energy security and self-sufficiency. […]