Manila, Philippines- President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has no energy power crisis resolution yet to prevent the power shortage in Luzon on 2015.
Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesman, told reporters that the president is still undecided to address the problem under Section 71 RA 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira).
The act states that, “Upon determination by the President of the Philippines of an imminent shortage of the supply of electricity, Congress may authorize, through a joint resolution, the establishment of additional generating capacity under such terms and conditions as it may approve.”
It means that the president is in charge in addressing this situation by building a power plant or other solutions.
Meanwhile, some of the legislators were disappointed in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the president last July as he did not mention any resolution addressing the power problem.
“There was nothing mentioned about the power crisis solution, and it’s a pity there is not even an effort to amend the EPIRA Law,” said Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz, a member of the independent minority bloc.
But Lacierda denied that Aquino did not address the concern in his SONA. He said that the president requested Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to coordinate with the Joint Congressional Power Commission, the Energy Regulatory Commission, members of the industry, and to consumers in increasing the government’s capacity to respond to the energy power problem.
“Our window (for deciding on Section 71) is maybe September at the latest,” Petilla said.
Moreover, in the technical report of the president’s SONA where it states that government will use the Epira and if the congress issued a joint resolution, the government will be contacting contractors to create capacity equivalent of 500 to 600 MW power plants.
Kaye Anne B. Oraller
LNU, ABCom Intern