angat-dam-01MANILA, Philippines – Stressing that the recent petition of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) seeking to pass on P139 billion stranded debt and contract costs of the National Power Corporation (NPC) to consumers through the universal charge (UC) would have adverse social and economic consequences, a consumer advocate demanded that PSALM and NPC open their books to the public.

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power-thumbMANILA, Philippines – The push for the comprehensive review of Republic Act No. 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), has snowballed among stakeholders as the law reached its 10 years of implementation last June 26.

In the event , dubbed “National Power Summit: EPIRA plus 10” held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City over the weekend, around 200 participants from rural electric cooperatives, non-government organizations, consumer groups, academe, House of Representatives, and environmental organizations collectively assessed and sought solutions to problems besetting the power industry.

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national-power-summitMANILA, Philippines – Around 200 participants to a summit on the tenth anniversary of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) braved the heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm “Falcon” that inundated parts of Luzon and Metro Manila Saturday.

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electric-meterMANILA, Philippines – 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).

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tower01TEN YEARS since the passage of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), its promise of affordable and accessible electricity to all through privatization and a leveled playing field in the industry has turned into its complete opposite. 

Today, the Philippines suffers from the highest residential and industrial power rates in Asia, even higher than Japan.  As a consequence, millions of Filipino consumers are much poorer, electricity wise—adding another facet to the worsening problem of Philippine poverty, including the increased burden on our women.  Another victim is our industries, the share of which in our gross domestic product (GDP) has been on a downward path for the past 25 years and our agriculture which has generally declined as a share of our GDP since postwar years.

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