ADMITTEDLY, it is still a long road to realizing the country’s goals of reducing carbon emission by
Thus, we commend the Climate Change Commission (CCC) for finishing the final draft of
national energy framework, which supports the government’s plan to cut down dependence on coal.
The CCC presented the draft on January 31 during the High Level Dialogue on National Policy
Review on Energy, which was attended by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City.
Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on energy, said “it is about time to regulate
coal technology…in the next few years” to attain the 70% reduction in carbon emission by 2030.
CCC Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, on the other hand, recognized the need for a scaled-up
information dissemination drive to ensure that everything they have discussed will make sense to the
Dialogue resource persons included Meralco Vice President Lawrence Fernandez and Alexander
Ablaza, president of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance.
The framework is pursuant to CCC Resolution No. 2016-001 on the Development of a Clear
Policy on Coal-Fired Power Plants in Pursuit of Low-Carbon Development Pathway for the Philippines.
Setting the goals as affordability, security and sustainability, the framework, when
finalized, shall be the basis for crafting laws and policies pertaining to the country’s energy
Pete Maniego, CCC policy advisor, said that “if we take into account the recent developments
in renewable energy technology, then it is possible to achieve the goal of sustainability with
affordability and energy security.”
Crafted with the help of other key government offices and agencies, the draft gives special
consideration to affordability since the country is among those with the highest energy cost in the
Various quarters said that for an impoverished country hit hard by the worsening of climate
change, the Philippines’ cutting down dependence on coal is a move in the right direction.