A major program for wider use of renewable energy in non-electrified communities was formalized between the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in Malacañang on May 14.
Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez and DOE Undersecretary Raul B. Aguilos signed the first Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding (MOU) between the two government agencies marking President Benigno Aquino’s commitment to promote clean energy sources.
In March 2013, Aquino issued the Climate Change Commission resolution No. 6 to launch a low-to-zero carbon program for a sustainable power system—a roadmap that would enable local government units (LGUs) to develop renewable energy sources, paving the way for sustainable power systems for barangays and small island communities.
“This MOU between the CCC and the DOE is in line with the agenda of the Aquino government for the electrification of small communities nationwide and at the same time promote energy security and clean power of small inland and island communities nationwide which remain underserved or unserved by electric utility companies,” Alvarez said.
According to Alvarez, the Aquino government believes that the country must begin to create a path from low carbon to zero carbon to help mitigate the disastrous impacts of climate change.
“Transitioning to a zero-carbon economy will not only help the Philippines mitigate the impacts of climate change—which it will continue to suffer disproportionately—but also enable the nation to become an even stronger regional economic power, and a world model for sustainable development,” Alvarez explained.
He said that CCC through his office, made the pact with the office of Aguilos, head of the DOE’s energy, power industry management bureau and the energy policy and planning bureau that has the expertise and the technical capability to assist target beneficiaries in determining renewable energy potential, identify appropriate technology, and guide power project applications.
Aguilos stressed that the agreement supports and complements DOE’s mandate to promote the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and the National Renewable Energy Program (2012 to 2030).
“DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla is pleased about this agreement, and our department and the Climate Change Commission will bring the benefits of clean energy power to the target communities,” Aguilos said.
Under the MOU, the CCC and the DOE shall establish model renewable energy systems, guide and instruct program participants, and disseminate information on renewable energy systems, technologies and their benefits to local communities and the environment.
Executives of Local Government Units (LGUs) witnessed the signing of the MOU.