Duterte reminds DOE, DENR to keep an eye on power firms

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 09:03 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered government agencies to be vigilant in ensuring that power firms comply with all regulations. 

Duterte specifically tasked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as the Department of Energy (DOE) to keep an eye on power-generating companies. 

“I am thus directing our relevant government agencies, especially the [DENR] and the DOE, to remain vigilant in monitoring the compliance of power generation companies with existing laws and regulations,” the President said in a speech during the launching of a coal power plant in Taguig City.

The President also assured energy companies of the government’s commitment in pursuing clean energy.

“As we look forward to the future of power generation in the Philippines with much optimism, let me assure our partners in the private sector that this administration remains committed in harnessing the potential of sustainable [and] renewable energy in driving the growth of our economy,” he said.

“With substantial reforms that this administration has instituted in the past three years, I can assure you that you’ll be able to pursue more effective and efficient business strategies as long as you give utmost importance for the protection of our environment and the welfare of your host communities,” he added.