Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla announced that the agency has formed a law and energy advisory panel that will address the challenges and bottlenecks in the regulatory framework in the energy sector.
Lotilla said DOE has pooled senior legal advisers, which include retired Chief Justices Artemio Panganiban and Reynato Puno who will serve as private citizens and will not assume any public office.
“DOE has pooled senior legal advisers, which include retired Chief Justices Artemio Panganiban and Reynato Puno.”
Legal advisors from the private sector are also joining the advisory group, the energy chief added.
“The functions of the law and energy advisory panel include advising the department on various energy-related reform initiatives and legal matters, including promotion of indigenous as well as low-carbon sources,” the energy head explained.
He said for the initial discussions of the panel, the legal advisors will tackle legal matters in the upstream oil and gas sector in general and the Malampaya-Camago project.
“The advisory panel will also advise the DOE on the objectives, content, and overall substance of the energy sector’s legislative agenda that covers alternative and new technology.”
“The advisory panel will also advise the DOE on the objectives, content, and overall substance of the energy sector’s legislative agenda that covers alternative and new technology,” Lotilla added.
Earlier, Lotilla said President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. directed the agency to ensure a certain, stable, and clear regulatory framework to address uncertainties in the legal environment for investments in the upstream industry and also to create a better investment climate.
“In order to attract sufficient investment for that, we need to be able to clearly indicate what are the policies of the government… These are the things that have motivated the department, particularly myself, to benefit from the wisdom and experience of our senior legal advisers. Because whatever we are going to propose to the President and Congress will have fundamental effects on the lives of our people not only (in) the present but also in future generations,” he said.