DEPUTY Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu has sought an inquiry into the status of revenues being collected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine if the funds are being properly remitted to local government units (LGUs).
These are from energy resource and generating facilities and companies hosted by LGUs.
Abu sought the inquiry through House Resolution (HR) No. 104, saying the probe to be undertaken by the House committees on ways and means and on energy would verify if energy-generating companies have been compliant with their obligation to recompense the host LGUs over the years.
“It is time we inquire if these companies have been compliant, and if the DOE have been properly remitting their payment to the host LGUs,” said Abu.
Abu said Energy Regulation No. 194, as amended, mandates energy resource and generating facilities and companies to allot for the benefit of the barangay, municipality or city, province and region hosting their operations.
“Under Energy Regulation No. 1-94, the energy resource and generation company and/or energy resource developer shall set aside one centavo per kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) of the total electricity sales as financial benefit of the host local government communities and regions.
Moreover, Abu said Section 5(i) of the DOE Act of 1992, mandates the DOE shall have the power and function to devise ways and means of giving direct benefit to the province, city, or municipality, especially the community and people affected, and equitable preferential benefit to the region hosting energy companies.
Abu said the energy issue is close to his heart since Batangas is host to several power plants, among them the Calaca Coal-fired Power Plant, San Lorenzo Combined Cycle Power Plant, and Ilijan Power Plant.