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ERC Accelerates Disposition of Cases and Issues

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) reported to President Rodrigo R. Duterte that it has accelerated the disposition of cases and issues lodged before it for the past four (4) months or until April 2018.  

“We (the ERC) have achieved meaningful milestones, and we owe it to Pres. Duterte with the continuing guidance and support from his office.  The past four (4) months was truly challenging, but we were able to achieve significant accomplishments with the valuable contributions of the Commissioners,” ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera said.  

The ERC issued policies that would reduce the retail rate of electricity at the distribution utility level, upgrade the standards for distribution management, and protect consumer welfare.  In particular, the relevant ERC issuances are as follows:  (1) Rules on System Loss Cap for Distribution Utilities and the Performance Incentive Scheme; (2) Resolution Adopting the Amendments to the Rules for the Distribution for Net Settlement Surplus (NSS); (3) Resolution Approving the Philippine Distribution Code (PDC) 2017 Edition; and (4) Rules Supplementing the Switching and Billing Process and Adopting a Disconnection Policy for Contestable Customers.  

Consistent with the ongoing Zero-Backlog Project, ERC approved sixteen (16) Power Supply Agreements (PSA); seven (7) Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) Applications with a total amount of PhP1,145,598,966.67 with corresponding Permit Fees of PhP8,591,992.25; and twenty-five (25) Decisions and Show Cause Orders.  The ERC developed an online platform, with the assistance of World Bank) to streamline and digitize the eight (8) work processes in the ERC, including the filing of applications.  

Organizational structure and system of the ERC was also improved with the revamp of the department in charge of the hiring of personnel. Also, a partnership with JobStreet Philippines was inked to expedite the filling up of the 152 plantilla positions (technical and legal manpower complement).  The ERC also complied with the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) directive on the submission of a Merit Selection Plan with System of Ranking Positions and the with the joint CSC-DBM-COA guidelines on Job Orders and Contract of Service.  An ERC Disciplinary and Investigating Committee was also created which will be responsible for the conduct of formal investigation on disciplinary administrative cases against ERC employees pursuant to Section 34 of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS).

The ERC also actively participated in the legislative measures which prompted it to create an ERC Legislative Liaison unit for the efficient, effective, and timely coordination and monitoring of proposed measures with regulatory implications. 


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