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ERC Braces for Digital Readiness in the New Normal

In line with President Duterte’s directive to government agencies to ensure digital readiness in the new normal environment, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said that it has prepared for this shift to digitization and has had initial efforts in place to enable paperless or digital transactions in the agency.

The Commission has gradually shifted to and adapted digital technologies and online systems as part of our compliance with the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) law. The ERC has been part of the EVOSS Web portal and we see to it that we adhere to the requirements, especially with respect to the time frames in acting on applications filed with the agency, as specified in the said law,” said ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera.

As part of the agency’s business continuity plan to adapt to the “new normal”, the ERC issued last year its Guidelines Governing Electronic Application, Filings, and Virtual Hearings” (ERC Resolution No 9, Series of 2020) to allow it to safely and continuously perform its mandate even during emergency situations such as Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.  With the said Guidelines in place, the ERC was able to optimize the use of online platforms and even surpassed its 2019 accomplishments.

Further to PRRD’s digital readiness directive, the Commission is also inclined to ensure adherence to the following:  a) Dedicate a team to facilitate the processing of permit applications for permanent power connections; b) Consider in the policy formulation the power capacity requirements of telecommunications infrastructure; and c) Inspect the absorptive capacity of electric companies and cooperatives in providing power requirements.  

We are confident that the ERC is prepared to go digital.  We have a digitally-skilled workforce, a robust information system, and a digital-ready work processes that are in place to successfully adapt to the ‘New Normal’ environment,” ERC Chair Devanadera added.


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