Cebu City, Cebu - The Department of Energy (DoE) is expected to present a draft of the 2013-2030 Philippine Energy Plan in the Visayas Power Summit scheduled to be held in this city today.
The Regional Development Council for Central Visayas (RDC-7) said DoE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla will present the energy plan before power stakeholders and the public who will be attending said Summit.
Among the various matters to be taken up in the discussion will be the current energy situation in the country, policy thrusts of the government, outlook on energy supply and demand, reforms in the generation and transmission sectors, renewable energy rates, and retail competition.
Petilla approved the holding of the Summit last March during a consultation meeting with RDC-7 Chairman and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and the RDC-7 Secretariat. The hosting of the summit is a collaboration between the RDC-7 and the DoE.
Said Summit, themed "Collective Action Towards Competitive Power in the Visayas," will also see the presentation of power-related issues not only in Central Visayas but in Western Visayas as well.
The Central Visayas RDC has made efforts to tackle high cost of electricity in the region in executive meetings held twice in 2012 and a planning dialogue and workshop on power issues last January, 2013.
Said meetings have identified at least 20 issues and recommendations have been formulated to address these issues. The power dialogue, meanwhile, listed the holding of a Power Summit as one of the immediate actions needed for implementation.
A power profile prepared by the RDC-7's subcommittee on power lists high power costs as one of the challenges in the region's power sector.
"Power rates remain high. This represents financial burden to consumers and at the same time serves as deterrent to the inflow of more investments," the profile stated.
Today's power summit will also discuss the regulatory framework of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which will be presented by ERC Executive Director Francis Saturnino Juan.
Also expected to attend today's event will be Capiz Governor and RDC 6 Chairman Victor Tanco Sr.
"Let us make good use of this opportunity to present and dialogue our concerns collectively with our energy officials to make the Visayas regions more competitive in terms of providing adequate, reliable, and reasonably-priced power needed for higher growth and development," said Rama.