Senate COE, PE2 discuss EE incentives in pre-Bicam meetings

  • Senate COE, PE2 discuss EE incentives in pre-Bicam meetings
    Senate COE, PE2 discuss EE incentives in pre-Bicam meetings

SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Pasay City, 7 January 2019 – The Senate Committee on Energy (COE) chairman and legal staff met with the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) earlier today to exchange views and identify options that would help reconcile the sections on fiscal incentives of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) bill in aid of the forthcoming Bicameral Conference for the said policy measure.

Representing the Senate COE were its Chairman, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, COE director, Atty. Teresa Ira Maris P. Guanzon, COE deputy director, Atty. Ivan Mark C. Galura, and COE legal officer, Atty. Paul Heherson Balite. PE2 was represented by its president, Alexander Ablaza, its legal team from Villaraza & Angangco Law, Atty. Richard Henrick I. Beltran and Atty. Efren R. Resurreccion and its member services and communications manager, Luigi G. Eusebio.

Ablaza highlighted PE2’s position letter of 6 December 2018. PE2 explained that when the House COE adopted modified language for Section 20 on Fiscal Incentives if the EE&C bill on 13 August 2018, the fundamental assumption at that point in time was that the TRAIN Package 2 bill (HB 8083 and SBN 1906) would be passed into law ahead of the EE&C bill. For this reason, there was a need then to remove reference to EO 226 and anchor some language on features of the anticipated TRAIN Package 2 law. Now that the EE&C bills are now both approved on 3rd and final reading by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the 17th Congress may need to cause minor adjustments in Section 20 to ensure that provision on fiscal incentives are enforceable, regardless of the timing of the passage of the TRAIN Package 2 bill. As the EE&C bills are to be reconciled by a Bicameral Conference very soon, PE2 recommends that the language of Section 20 in HB 8629 be basically preserved, except for minor revisions that would enable the granting of fiscal incentives even before TRAIN Package 2 becomes a law.

The Senate COE received PE2's inputs and shared its additional section of the EE&C bill on the expanded government procurement to support public sector EE&C projects for comment by PE2.

Senator Gatchalian said that the proposed law will need to balance the needs of the Government and those of the private sector and other EE&C market stakeholders. He hopes that the fiscal incentives and the entire EE&C law will enable and strengthen a new energy resource sector.

PE2 proposed that another pre-bicameral meeting be convened by the Senate COE, with the attendance and inputs of the Department of Finance and the Board of Investments. The Senate COE agreed with this suggestion and is currently organizing this follow-up meeting before the formal Bicameral Conference for the EE&C bills.

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