No to Clearance for a Destructive Coal Power Plant in Batangas City! No to Coal, Dirty, Harmful Energy! Shift to Renewable Energy Now!
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) strongly urges the City Council of Batangas to deny the application for local clearance that will commence the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Batangas City.
In particular, FDC asks Mr. Gerry Dela Roca, the Chairperson of the Land Use Committee, to lead the vote against the application for the construction of two boiler units of the new coal plant at 300MW each. The said project was the main target of the 10,000-strong mobilization against the coal energy and plants held last May 4 in Batangas City and as part of the global campaign to Break Free from Fossil Fuels.
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) expresses its dismay during the last Presidential debate hosted by ABS CBN held in Pangasinan last April 24, 2016. All the candidates proved disappointing and offered no solution to the current power crisis.
None of the candidates have a clear solution or platform on sustainable energy, worse presidential candidate Mar Roxas from the Liberal Party, reiterated the use of “ Clean coal” as the solution to the power crisis in the country. FDC Secretary General Sammy Gamboa reminded Mr. Roxas that clean coal is a dirty lie.
A latest case of MERALCO abuse, regulatory capture and collusion, and monumental failure of Electric Power Reform Act (EPIRA)”, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) assailed the latest round of power rate increase by MERALCO.
FDC led a protest action by a group of electricity consumers in front of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) office today to denounce the looming power rate hike by the energy monopoly starting this month.
Aquino-LP led House Energy Committee Abruptly Ends House Hearings on EPIRA: A Betrayal of Consumers and the Public in Favor of Power Oligarchs
The announcement made by Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House Committee on Energy, abruptly ending the House hearings on the review of Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) completely eliminated all possibility of amending, much less repealing this law by the current Congress despite strong public clamor.
Citing the strong opposition from national big business groups such as the Management Association of the Philippines ( MAP) , Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), inancial Executives Institute of the Philippines ( FEIP), and foreign chambers of commerce like the American Chamber of Commerce , European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, and the Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines to amending EPIRA, Umali was blatant enough to tell the public that the Aquino-LP majority in the committee considered the interests of the power oligarchs and the foreign corporate chambers much more important than the interests of the consuming public and the small and medium businesses.
No to Corporate Impunuty and Abuse by MERALCO and Complicity by ERC! No to Illegal Interim Rates for MERALCO; No Legal Basis for MERALCO Rates Today
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) warns that another case of corporate abuse and impunity by MERALCO is about to be committed at the expense of the long-suffering electricity consumers with the power company’s recent application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of the so-called “interim rates” in order to remedy the company’s failure to reset its power rates and charges, as required by the ERC rules, every four years.
FDC asserts that the interim rates applied for by MERALCO in ERC Case No. 2015-112RC and its capital expense program proposed in ERC Case No. 2015-016RC are illegal, highly irregular, alarming and anomalous.
The MERALCO Franchise: RA 9209
MERALCO is the largest distribution utility in the country.
According to the flyleaf profile in its 2013 Annual Report, MERALCO powers 5.3 Million customers, is home to approximately 25% of the entire Philippine population, accounts for 75% of the Luzon electricity market – 55% nationwide – supplies the power needs for 50% of GDP, 60 % of total manufacturing output.
MERALCO’s sales revenue for 2013 was P298B. Market capitalization was P282B. But we hasten to add that “Equity…” was only P75.1B.
Today, January 27, 2015 Congressional inquiry into the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), with various proponents calling for its repeal, overhaul and amendments, the Freedom from Debt Coalition reiterates its basic positions why it has been calling for EPIRA’s repeal, the junking of the government’s privatization policy and the public control of the power industry, among other demands towards making energy accessible, safe, sustainable, democratic and in the service of the people and the country’s need for real economic development.
Since the bill that became EPIRA was deliberated on the Congress floor, FDC has strongly opposed it. FDC has warned Congress and our people again and again, year after year, that privatization cannot deliver the promises of EPIRA. On the contrary, EPIRA would drive the power industry down to perennial crisis. Now, thirteen (13) years after its enactment, EPIRA is one big broken promise.
Freedom from Debt Coalition
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines is a nationwide multi-sectoral, non-sectarian and pluralist coalition conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development.