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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).
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