The Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC), during its third quarter virtual meeting on September 3, enjoined local government units (LGUs) in the region to facilitate the implementation of energy projects in their respective areas.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11234 or the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act, the DOE-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-01 or the LGU Energy Code seeks to: (a) integrate the national energy plans into the local development plans;               (b) establish a unified and streamlined permitting process; and (c) enable LGUs to maximize the benefits from hosting energy projects.

Through a video presentation, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella encouraged the LGUs “to contribute to the attainment of the Ambisyon Natin 2040 by facilitating the implementation of clean energy projects that will spur local development.”

In relation to the region’s power situation, Undersecretary Marvel Clavecilla, the Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs, requested the DOE to help address the issues hounding the Albay Electric Cooperative in terms of management and financial difficulties. DOE Director Michael Sinocruz suggested the conduct of a power summit in an effort to resolve said issues.

RDC Chairperson and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal welcomed the idea, and instructed the DOE to spearhead the activity in coordination with the NEA and other regional stakeholders.

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