A veteran in the field with a long-term vision for the country’s energy security. This, Senator Win Gatchalian said, should be the qualification of the country's next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).
Senator Win Gatchalian expressed grave concern over the country’s power situation following reports that businessman Dennis Uy of Udenna Corporation is mulling selling his controlling stakes in the Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project.
A welcome relief amid the rising cost of living was how Senator Win Gatchalian viewed the P7.8 billion refund in electricity bills ordered by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for overcharges.
Support for the re-election of Senator Win Gatchalian in the Senate has snowballed with the declaration of endorsement of his candidacy from the Association of Visayas Electric Cooperatives (AVEC) and various players in the energy industry in a recently held e-rally.
Senator Win Gatchalian is one of the top picks of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) among the senatorial candidates for the May 9 elections.
Senator Win Gatchalian said the country can now look forward to transitioning to sustainable transportation with the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act having lapsed into law last April 15.
Senator Win Gatchalian underscored the need for consumer education in maximizing energy efficiency with the right appliances and devices to curb the monthly electricity bills of households and commercial establishments and at the same time help in managing the country’s supply when the demand is high.
Two landmark legislations, the bill providing for a national energy policy and regulatory framework for the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and the establishment of electric charging stations and the proposed SIM Card Registration Act, are expected to be signed into law soon.
The lack of an existing database has been the cause of delay in the distribution of the government’s fuel subsidy program, Senator Win Gatchalian said.