Cusi pushes energy resiliency

Lasureco repairmen at work. (Lasureco image)

AS PART of President Duterte’s directive to develop a resilient energy sector, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi unveiled the agency’s policy of institutionalizing disaster preparedness among energy providers to minimize service interruption.

Cusi signed the policy entitled “Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate Potential Impacts of Disasters” Friday.

He said it will aid industry partners to plan and address potential impacts of disasters by following four principles: strengthen existing infrastructure facilities; implement the Build Back Better principle in terms of reconstruction and rehabilitation; improve existing operational, maintenance and practices to ensure continuous operations and energy supply; and develop resiliency standards that will be used as basis in the future construction of energy facilities.

“These principles are geared towards mainstreaming disaster risk reduction to ensure energy resiliency as a priority to protect the people,” Cusi said. “Through this policy, we enjoin all the energy stakeholders to put upfront disaster risk reduction programs into their respective planning and investments.”

One of the key features of the policy is the institutionalization of the Resiliency Compliance Plan, which provides engineering and non-engineering measures to ensure infrastructure and human resource disaster preparedness.

To oversee the implementation of the policy, the DOE is strengthening the Inter-agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities through the creation of the Task Force on Energy Resiliency (TFER).

The TFER composed of representatives from the National Electrification Administration, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, National Power Corporation, National Transmission Corporation, Philippine National Oil Company, and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation. The Task Force will continue its partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the other agencies under the Department of National Defense. p: wjg