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Cong. GMA Lauds ERC’s Milestones

Former President and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lauded the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for achieving significant milestones as it celebrated its 17th Anniversary in a simple gathering held at the ERC’s Multi-purpose Hall in Pasig City on 27 June 2018.  R.A. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act was signed into law during her term as President.  

Congresswoman Arroyo highlighted the progressive developments in the energy sector; notably, the establishment of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Luzon and Visayas (and in Mindanao later this year), the interconnection of the Luzon and Visayas grids to the Mindanao grid, the 91% electrification of the households, the implementation of prepaid electricity and net metering for consumers with solar panels, reduction of the system loss caps, and the adoption of net settlement surplus, among others. She stressed that these would not have been possible without the regulator’s participation.  

“You have achieved a lot, and if ERC were not around, none of those benefits to the people of the Philippines would have been around. So do not bash yourselves and do not allow others to bash ERC,” GMA emphasized.

Likewise, she also expressed empathy on the ERC’s current situation of being unappreciated as a regulator, and at the same time uplifted the morale of the employees by highlighting the need and importance of the ERC’s tasks and its continued existence.  She emphasized that market forces works best in a competitive regime and must go hand in hand with the development of consumers’ choice of electricity supplier.  

She intimated that the Technical Working Group (TWG) in Congress decided to adopt as the basic draft to be submitted to the Joint Committees on Energy and Government Reorganization is the bill to strengthen the ERC as authored by Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco.  

“The EPIRA law is not perfect.  But it is better to have an imperfect symphony that is being performed than a perfect symphony that is never played.  If you are not always appreciated, it does not mean that you are not playing an important role.  I know you have the energy to cope with the demands of your work in ERC to serve the nation well,” GMA added.

Date Published: 7/4/2018


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