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Aside from adequate power supply and additional power capacity to meet the country’s future energy needs, energy security in the country has been realized under the Duterte administration through the continuously falling electricity prices, Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Thursday.

The DOE, according to Cusi, remains steadfast in its mission of improving the Filipinos’ quality of life by formulating and implementing policies and programs to achieve its energy goals.

Case in point: The Murang Kuryente Act, which eases the burden of power consumers by legislating the use of P208 billion from the Malampaya fund for the payment of stranded contract costs and debts so that the people will not have to pay additional charges for electricity consumption.

Cusi also cited the DOE’s extension of the implementation of laws concerning life-liners, or those who do not have the capacity to pay but given by the government with free electricity. It was extended for 30 years from 2021 to 2051.

Gasoline, diesel and kerosene users, meanwhile, can now find it very convenient to find cheapest fuel prices through DOE’s partnership with Angkas and Waze to pinpoint these locations.

DOE is also proud that, under the administration, under its Expanded Rural Electrification Program, the household electrification level in these areas have reached 94.5 percent, from 90.7 percent when the administration assumed office in 2016.

Under the DOE, Cusi said the National Power Corp. and National Electrification Administration will continue the electrification of off-grid areas like Oriental Mindoro and Lubang Island to attain 100 percent of the government’s electrification goal.

The DOE said it endeavors to balance the provision of reliable and reasonably priced energy services to support the country’s inclusive growth and the protection of the environment, committed to pursue national development through the two-fold agenda of attaining energy independence and implementing power market reforms, which it affirmed in its Philippine Energy Plan.

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