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Consolidating Consensus, Advancing People’s Struggles and Building Alternatives
FDC calls for the total revision of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) otherwise known as R.A. 9136.Since the bill that became EPIRA was deliberated on the Congress floor, FDC has strongly opposed it. FDC has warned Congress and our people again and again, year after year, that privatization cannot deliver the promises of EPIRA. Now, thirteen (13 years ) after its enactment, EPIRA is one big broken promise.
In sum, FDC has been calling all these years for:
Breaking the private monopolistic/monopsonistic hold of a few big private corporations on the power generation, transmission and distribution industry brought about by EPIRA ,
Bringing back State planning in building and developing the power industry,
Restoring the role of the State as a major player in both generation and distribution sectors and renationalizing the management and operation of the transmission sector,
Promotion of democratic and efficient electric cooperatives as a social partner of the State in developing the power industry, and
Ensuring a steady and sure transition to sustainable energy.
Currently FDC is one of the convenors of Power to the People Coalition. A coalition composed of Trade Unions, Party List organization, Political Blocs and organizations, Church based organizations and marginalized groups calling for the repeal of EPIRA and the revocation of Meralco’s franchise.
June 19, 2016 The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) strongly urges the City Council of Batangas to deny the application for local clearance that will...
26 April 2016 Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) expresses its dismay during the last Presidential debate hosted by ABS CBN held in Pangasinan last...
19 April 2016 A latest case of MERALCO abuse, regulatory capture and collusion, and monumental failure of Electric Power Reform Act (EPIRA)”, the...
The announcement made by Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House Committee on Energy, abruptly ending the House hearings on the review of Electric...
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) staged a picket-rally to denounce the House Committee on Energy’s decision to cancel...