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The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Gatchalian calls for Senate probe into ERC mandate

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:20 PM

This comes as the Energy Regulatory Commission faces corruption allegations and a threat from President Rodrigo Duterte to have it abolished

Ledac to be convened in September or October – Pernia

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:59 PM

NEDA is set to propose amendments to the BOT law and Epira as well as the creation of a Water Resources Authority during the first Ledac meeting under the Duterte administration

EXECUTIVE-LEGISLATIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Senators and Cabinet members in a meeting held in the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 16. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

DOE: No need for emergency powers on election day

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada insists that the supply situation is under control

Petilla grilled on high electricity rates: 'What did you tell your president to do?'

Apr 08, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Bulok ang administrasyon natin lawyer Lorna Kapunan tells former energy chief Jericho Petilla

EPIRA. Former energy chief Jericho Petilla talks about his plans to lower electricity rates in the country. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

New 300-MW power plant in Mindanao 'not enough'

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:27 PM

A sister company of AboitizPower s Therma South Incorporated says Mindanao needs at least 300 megawatts of new power capacity annually for the next 5 years to address the power deficit

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

Aquino inaugurates AboitizPower’s P35-B Davao baseload power plant

Jan 08, 2016 - 4:26 PM

President Aquino says while he is an advocate of developing renewable energy right now we cannot wean ourselves completely from relying on coal

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

Petilla: Give Competitive Selection Process a chance

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:26 PM

You need rules CSP is where everything is a level playing field and everybody competes other than just negotiates the former energy secretary and senatorial candidate says

RULES. Former Energy secretary and senatorial candidate Carlos Jericho Petilla says the Competitive Selection Process aims for balance between profit and public service in a market-driven energy sector.

ERC appointment raises conflict-of-interest issues

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Sta Ana s appointment comes at a time when the regulatory agency is determining whether power generation companies among them the Aboitiz group’s unit Therma Mobile colluded to jack up prices of Meralco

ERC requires real-time reporting of power outages

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Gencos must send an SMS report of an unplanned outage and notify the ERC at least 10 days before a planned outage

ERC requires gencos to provide real-time reporting of planned and unplanned outages

How a citizen-led power system can disrupt energy sector

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:15 PM

A citizen led power system will steadily serve as a threat to private companies and will dismantle monopolies in the power sector in the long run

Photo from Shutterstock

House panel approves emergency powers for Aquino

Nov 18, 2014 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED The joint resolution granting special powers to the President to address a looming power crisis is eyed for passage in the House of Representatives by end November

Petilla gives up hope on additional power generation bid

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:07 PM

The energy department is banking on 4 options to help avert a power shortage in 2015

Aquino to have 'limited' emergency powers – Umali

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Rep Reynaldo Umali says a joint Congressional resolution will allow President Aquino to deal with the looming energy crisis but without the option of contracting additional capacity

POWER SHORTAGE. President Benigno Aquino III discusses in his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 the looming blackouts Luzon is facing

Aquino: Special powers to help gov't 'prepare for the worst'

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he is the type who plans for the worst and hopes for the best and insists the government needs more options to avert a looming power crisis

House to approve joint reso on special powers this month

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:14 PM

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy says that as far as the House is concerned it will approve in October the joint resolution seeking special powers for President Aquino to avert a power crisis in 2015

Belmonte: Aquino to have emergency powers before 2014 ends

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:06 PM

It would be safer if Congress puts to law the President’s emergency power and have a certain margin that we can actually control says the House Speaker

NO TO POLITICAL CHA-CHA. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr thumbs down anew proposals to allow President Benigno Aquino III to seek a 2nd term. Photo by Rappler

Meralco customers to pay for ILP?

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Meralco has to pay its Interruptible Load Program participants thus its customers may have to shoulder an additional 7 5 centavos for monthly generation charge

Aquino vows: Special powers only for energy shortage

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:48 AM

President Benigno Aquino III assures concerned sectors and the public that government intervention will not distort the energy market

CLIMATE FUNDS NEEDED. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during United Nation Climate Change Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

House to probe need for special powers for Aquino

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The House opts for a congressional hearing over the outright grant of special powers to President Benigno Aquino III to address a looming energy crisis in 2015

Aquino to get limited - not emergency - powers

Sep 23, 2014 - 6:20 PM

This is just a temporary power given to government to contract capacity says Senate committee on energy chairman Senator Sergio Osmeña III

MAP says emergency powers to address looming power crisis

Aug 25, 2014 - 3:37 PM

But the business group calls for a ‘limited’ implementation of Section 71 of EPIRA to avoid any abuse

No need to declare power sector emergency – PCCI

Aug 07, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Temporary measures to mitigate the looming power crisis in Luzon are fine for as long they are acceptable to all the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry says

With 2 years left in his term, Aquino has more to do, biz groups say

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:42 PM

President Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address earns raves rants from business groups and a former Cabinet official

Power emergency: What it means

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:04 PM

By summer of 2015 there will be a power crisis – 20 days of rotating blackouts won t be remote Emergency powers for the President is deemed to be the ‘fastest’ solution for now

Amend EPIRA; stop selling gov’t power assets – Chiz

Mar 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Escudero files a bill prohibiting government from selling Napocor s remaining power assets

What Meralco's rate hike tells us about the power sector

Mar 13, 2014 - 9:42 PM

The record high increase in Meralco s charges last December is caused by a combination of problems that have plagued the Philippine power sector

Congress eyes tax incentives, BOC reform

Feb 09, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Congressional leaders agreed to work on measures streamlining incentives for investors and bills reforming the Customs bureau

DOE sets consultations for EPIRA amendments

Jan 27, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Consultations will be held in NCR the Visayas and Mindanao

Cayetano: Study power subsidies of other countries

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Cayetano says schemes like prepaid electric cars in Indonesia and vouchers in Singapore will bring in investments

Aquino: No need for emergency powers

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The President says the power rate increase may have been caused by wrong business decisions and that the consumer should not be made to answer for them

NO NEED. President Benigno Aquino III says he never asked for emergency powers to avert a power crisis and said he does not think there is a need for it. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Outcome of power producers 'collusion' probe out soon

Jan 05, 2014 - 6:29 PM

A committee composed of the Energy Regulation Commission the Department of Energy and the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation is investigating the reason for the steep increase in Meralco s rates

NO HIKE YET. File photo of Filipinos lining up for the electric bill subsidy given by the government in 2008. Photo from EPA/ Rolex dela Cruz

Senators on lower power market price cap: Why only now?

Dec 29, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Senators say the lower electricity price cap on the spot market is better late than never

Drilon: Review EPIRA after ‘apparent failure’

Dec 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon joins the chorus of calls to review EPIRA following the biggest power rate hike

Cagayan de Oro officials sworn in

Jun 30, 2013 - 2:54 PM

Top officials of Cagayan de Oro city take their oaths of office on June 30

AboitizPower ready for 'open access' regime

May 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM

The country biggest power producer is looking forward to the implementation of a regime meant to complete the power industry’s shift to a market driven from monopolistic

Aquino blames Mindanao leaders for power crisis

Apr 17, 2013 - 9:08 PM

The trouble began when regional leaders sought to exempt themselves from EPIRA President Aquino points out

Open access faces 6-month delay

Sep 27, 2012 - 7:55 PM

Large power users need to wait for June 2013 before they can purchase their own electricity source

'Open access' in place by Q3, says energy chief

Feb 01, 2012 - 7:48 PM

Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says power users that consume an average of one megawatt a month could start choosing their power generator this year