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The advisory body established to determine energy sector strategies

The issues and bottlenecks in the regulatory framework in the energy sector will be addressed by a law and energy advisory council, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla declared on Thursday.

Artemio Panganiban and Reynato Puno, both retired chief justices, are among the senior legal advisers that Lotilla said DOE has gathered in a virtual news conference. Both men will serve as private citizens and won’t hold any official office, Lotilla claimed.

He noted that private sector attorneys are also joining the advisory committee.

According to the DOE director, the law and energy advisory panel’s duties include advising the department on different energy-related legal issues and reform projects, including the promotion of indigenous and low-carbon sources.

According to Lotilla, the legal advisers will debate legal issues pertaining to the Malampaya-Camago project as well as the upstream oil and gas industry in general during the panel’s initial meetings.

He continued, “The advisory council will also provide DOE with advice on the goals, content, and overall substance of the legislative agenda for the energy sector that encompassed alternative and innovative technology.”

Prior to this, Lotilla claimed that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had ordered the agency to guarantee a certain, stable, and transparent regulatory framework in order to remove uncertainties in the legal environment for investments in the upstream business and to improve the investment climate.

“We need to be able to clearly identify the government’s policies in order to attract sufficient investment for that.” These factors have encouraged the department, and especially me, to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of our senior legal advisers. Because everything we offer to the President and Congress will have a significant impact on the lives of our people, not just now but also in the future, he said.

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