THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is hiring more people this year to strengthen its ranks and improve operations.
ERC Commissioner Jose Vicente Salazar said the agency plans to hire 508 more personnel to build up its legal office and address the backlog of pending cases.
He said beefing up the commission’s field offices is also included in their enhancement program.
“We will hire additional people to strengthen legal offices, services and elevate divisions to create services,” said Salazar.
At the same time, Salazar added that the ERC also plans to upgrade its information technology (IT) infrastructure so that stakeholders can submit documents through the internet.
In carrying out the project, the ERC has created a technical working group (TWG) which will be assisted by experts from the World Bank (WB).
Although the WB had expressed willingness to fund the project, Salazar said the ERC opted instead to request for technical assistance.
He said the commission is targeting to complete the project study in three to four months’ time from its planned start in January this year.
The ERC chief also assured that the agency has enough resources to fund the IT upgrade and the hiring of additional people.
“We are going to double our budget. We have money to spend for both the IT infrastructure and additional consultants or technical people,” he said.
He said the ERC would not be spending much on the hardware, adding that “what we will be procuring here will be the software infrastructure.”