DoE-DPWH inter-agency task force seen

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The Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and conducted the public consultation on the proposed DoE-DPWH Joint Circular (JC) No. 2 at the DoE headquarters.

The DoE, through the Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (Power Bureau) and the DPWH’s circular creates an Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) to ensure the immediate removal and relocation of obstructing electrical facilities that still exist along the national highways, as mandated by DoE-DPWH JC No. 1.

“We continue to frame our national development strategies from a multi-pronged perspective. Settling right-of-way issues will facilitate the implementation of infrastructure projects and the continuity of electricity services, while upholding the safety of our citizens,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

The IATF will oversee the implementation of Section 13 of JC No. 1, which provides for the proper compensation of electric cooperatives (ECs) relative to their clearing or relocation of improperly located facilities in the right-of-way of the government within one year from the effectivity of the Joint Circular, which was published on 27 July 2017.

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