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National Power Summit: EPIRA +10
"Lessons Learned, Challenges and Prospects for the Philippine Power Industry"

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JUNE 25 Philippine Social Science Center (PSSC) auditorium
Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
(Near UP TechnoHub and Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple)
JUNE 26 Malcolm Theater, College of Law, UP Diliman

Stakeholders in the power sector will be holding a summit to collectively assess and find solutions to problems besetting the 10-year implementation of Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the "Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001" (EPIRA).

An initiative of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), the summit, dubbed “National Power Summit: EPIRA +10,” will be held on June 25-26 in Quezon City.

The convention aims to gather stakeholders – consumer groups, rural electric cooperatives, partylist organizations, academe, media, faith-based groups, business, government and NGOs. The summit also aims to develop a sustainable framework for rural electric cooperatives and to develop and build consensus on recommendations and proposals that will promote the welfare and interest of the Filipino consumers.

June 26, 2011 marks the 10th year of the effectivity of EPIRA which was approved and signed into law by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 8, 2001.

The summit is important for electricity consumers who bear the brunt of high electricity rates and unreliable supply of electricity – ironically, two categorical promises of EPIRA. It is also important for groups opposing the privatization of the Angat hydro-electric power plant in Norzagaray, the Unified Leyte geothermal complex and the Agus-Pulangi hydro-complexes in Mindanao. The summit is likewise important for rural electric cooperatives (RECs) which are being pushed by some sectors to be privatized or corporatized.

Co-sponsoring the event with FDC are: 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE) Partylist, Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party, Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO), Fair Trade Alliance (FTA), Foundation for Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI), Greenpeace – Philippines, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), NGO Forum on ADB, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Partido Kalikasan (PKI) and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).

P R O G R A M

JUNE 25, SATURDAY VENUE
Philippine Social Science Center (PSSC) auditorium
Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
(Near UP TechnoHub and Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple)
MORNING ACTIVITIES

PUBLIC FORUM
Philippine Electric Power Industry Market and Policy Assessment
To be presented by: Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo and Ms. Edna Espos
University of the Philippines - National Engineering Center
UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc.
AFTERNOON PRELIMINARIES

SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS
  • Group 1 – Renewable Energy:  Moving Forward
  • Group 2 – How to reduce power rates in the Philippines?
  • Group 3 – Solutions to NPC debts: Some recommendations
  • Group 4 – Making power industry more efficient, reliable and secured
  • Group 5 – What kind of regulation do we need and how to do it?
JUNE 26, SUNDAY VENUE
Malcolm Theater, College of Law, UP Diliman
MORNING ACTIVITIES

PUBLIC FORUM
A Sustainable Framework for Electric Cooperatives as Regulated Public Utilities
Sponsored by: 1-Care Party-list, AMRECO, Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and KOOP KO ‘TO Movement
AFTERNOON PLENARY

Citizen’s Report and Recommendations on Power Industry:
  • Affordable power rates
  • Reliable, secure and efficient power supply
  • Active role of the public sector in transmission and in crucial power generation
  • Strategic and programmed democratization of ownership and control particularly of distribution utilities
  • Strategic and programmed shift towards renewable energy
Open Forum

Resolutions and Declaration of Unity

Closing Ceremony



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