DBM earmarks P2.2-B for DoE programs

DBM earmarks P2.2-B for DoE programs

By Cip D.C. Cabrera

MANILA — In line with its commitment to fulfilling its mandate of providing clean and affordable energy supply to around 10,000 households nationwide through the Total Electrification Project (TEP), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has earmarked a total of P2.2 billion for various programs to be implemented next year by the Department of Energy (DoE).

In a bulletin, the DoE announced that aside from the TEP also aligned in its agenda for next year’s project implementation are energy programs that include the Renewable Energy Development Program (REDP), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program (EECP), and Alternative Fuels and Technologies Program (AFTP).

Under the 2023 National Expenditure Program (NEP), P500 million was allocated to help the DoE fulfill its mandate of energizing around 10,000 households nationwide through the TEP. 

The project aims to address the need for a reliable power supply for remaining underserved and unserved Filipino households with no access to electricity.

“This is good news, especially for far-flung areas where electricity is scarce. The Total Electrification Project of the DoE shall help improve and modernize industries in different provinces across the country, which will lead to the expansion of our economy,” budget secretary Amenah Pangandaman noted.

Meanwhile, P476 million more will be allocated to fund the energy department’s REDP, EECP, and AFTP as “part of the (Marcos) administration’s commitment to providing reasonably priced sustainable and sufficient electricity.”

Pangandaman likewise stated that consistent with President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Jr.’s directive to ensure the availability of reliable energy in various regions of the country, the DoE has been preparing for the implementation of viable electrification programs that would address the pressing issues faced by the country’s energy sector. (ai/mtvn)

(Photo courtesy of World Nuclear Association)

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