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GATCHALIAN TO DOE: STUDY VIETNAM’S NUKE PROGRAM

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to consider studying the case of Vietnam in pursuing nuclear power plants before venturing on the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). Vietnam’s efforts, dating back to 1958 when it explored nuclear energy for electricity generation, only ended up being scrapped in […]

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TIME TO CONSIDER WASTE-TO-ENERGY TECHNOLOGY – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian expressed dismay over a report by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that only 30% percent of barangays nationwide, or an estimated 12,614 out of 42,045, are practicing segregation, emphasizing that the waste hierarchy of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ (3Rs) is a failure. “The 3Rs is a failure, yung reuse, reduce, […]

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CREATE TASK FORCE TO MONITOR FUEL TAX HIKE – GATCHALIAN

To protect consumers from premature price increases and profiteering, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel this month. Gatchalian is making the call as the third and last tranche of […]

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GATCHALIAN TO DOE: BE ON GUARD AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS TRADERS

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies to be on the watch against unscrupulous traders who will take advantage of the rising pump prices in the aftermath of the drone attacks on facilities of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO) in Saudi Arabia. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on […]

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GATCHALIAN TO DOE: SUBMIT ELECTRIFICATION ROLLOUT PLAN

The Senate Committee on Energy chaired by Senator Win Gatchalian grilled the Department of Energy (DOE) on the country’s electrification status as the committee started its hearing on a bill that will spur microgrid development in unserved and underserved areas nationwide. During the hearing of Senate Bill No. 175 or The Microgrid Systems Act, Gatchalian […]

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PH NEEDS SUSTAINABLE E-VEHICLE ECOSYSTEM BY 2024 – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for a comprehensive framework for electric vehicles (EVs) to ensure the sustainability of the industry in the country as the Senate committee on energy begins ironing out the details on how to address the challenges of the industry’s development. During the first hearing of Senate Bill No.174, or the Electric […]

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NEA MARKS NEW MILESTONE WITH OFF-GRID HOMESTEAD ELECTRIFICATION — MASONGSONG

Despite light rain and muddy terrain, officials of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) made it to the upland villages of Malungon town in Sarangani to mark the official energization of the 13 millionth household consumer connection of electric cooperatives (ECs) in the country. NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong went to one of the farthest off-grid communities […]

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DOE ON RIGHT TRACK IN CRAFTING RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian said the Department of Energy (DOE) has put itself “right on track” in its energy direction by crafting a new program that seeks to build a renewable energy (RE) portfolio of 2,000 megawatts (MW) in 10 years. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate committee on energy, lauded the DOE’s initiative to collaborate with […]

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DIVERSIFY BIOETHANOL FEEDSTOCK SOURCES – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the diversification of bioethanol feedstock sources and improved production processes to help bring down barriers preventing the takeoff of biofuels in the country. In his speech during the recent Global Bioenergy Partnership event, Gatchalian recognized the importance of Republic Act No. 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006 in […]

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HOUSE RATIFIES ANTI-POWER LINE OBSTRUCTION BILL

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report which reconciled the provisions of House Bill 6276 and Senate Bill 2098, both seeking to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted transmission and distribution of electricity and the protection of the integrity and reliability of power lines. The ratified measure, to be referred to as the […]