To electric coops: Tap 2020 emergency response funds to restore power in typhoon-hit areas

Senator Win Gatchalian said that P250 million funds under the current budget has been allocated from which electric cooperatives in typhoon-devastated areas can avail of to finance rehabilitation works on damaged power lines.   Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, bared this as he called on the electric cooperatives to seek aid under Republic […]

Concern raised over impact of possible Petron refinery closure

Senator Win Gatchalian expresses concern on the looming shut down of Petron Corporation’s refinery in Limay, Bataan due to huge losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The immediate impact will be the loss of jobs in the country’s lone oil refining company once it ceases operations, according to the senator. He called on the government […]

To ERC: Issue an ultimatum on NGCP on IPO requirement

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to issue an ultimatum on the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to comply with the requirement to list its shares of stock, a provision specifically stated in its franchise as the country’s transmission system operator.   The NGCP filed anew for a motion for […]

To DOF: Look for addt’l funds for Murang Kuryente Act, spare taxpayers

Senator Win Gatchalian has put to task the Department of Finance (DOF) in providing for sufficient budget and in sparing the taxpayers from being choked by new borrowings to fund next year’s obligations of the Murang Kuryente Act.   Gatchalian learned that less than 20 percent or only P8 billion of the P46 billion requested […]

Inquiry into depleting supply of Malampaya gas field needed

Senator Win Gatchalian has called for a Senate inquiry on the issues surrounding the looming expiration of Service Contract (SC) 38 or the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-To-Power Project given its critical role in the country’s energy security.   Gatchalian, along with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson, filed Senate Resolution No. […]

To DOE: Act on all pending solar project applications

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to immediately act on all pending solar project applications emphasizing that a mechanism is already in place that streamlines the permitting process for both foreign and domestic investors.   Gatchalian took note of reports about the mounting solar project applications that will yield capacity installations […]

DOE needs to build foundations for a sound nuclear power agenda

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to focus on meeting the necessary steps in the adoption of a national nuclear energy policy before working on the possible utilization of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).   Gatchalian said any discussion on jumpstarting a nuclear policy in the country has to be comprehensively […]

To DOE: Learn from Vietnam’s experience in pursuing PH nuclear power program

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to consider studying the case of Vietnam in pursuing nuclear power plants before venturing on the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).   Vietnam’s efforts, dating back to 1958 when it explored nuclear energy for electricity generation, only ended up being scrapped […]

Public involvement critical at every stage of PH nuclear power program

Senator Win Gatchalian backed government efforts to put a premium on public involvement on moves to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).   “I am one with the President in conducting local consultations with the residents of the province of Bataan because they will be the ones directly affected in case of a nuclear […]