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ERC Statement on Accusation of Red Tape Concerning Generation Facilities in Occidental Mindoro

1 March 2023/ERC-Planning and Public Information Service

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) takes exception to statements made that the power crisis in Occidental Mindoro was due to red tape in the ERC.  The statement was made in the course of the hearings in Congress on House Resolution No. 34, the bill authored by Congressman Leody Tarriela.

The ERC has been diligent on its efforts to facilitate the issuance of Certificates of Compliance (COCs) or Provisional Authorities to Operate (PAOs) in favor of generation facilities located in the Province of Occidental Mindoro because of the power situation in the area.  In fact, the Commission has been closely coordinating with all concerned stakeholders, particularly with Occidental Mindoro Consolidated Power Corporation (OMCPC), the supplier in the area, on the status of its generating facilities supplying or will supply to OMECO.  Technical inspections were conducted as soon as the commissioning of the facilities were done. However, the issuance of COC or grant of PAO is hinged on the generation company’s submission of requirements in order for the Commission to act on its application to allow it to provisionally operate.  Below is the summary of the status of the application of OMECO’s supplier:

“The ERC has always been mindful of its responsibility to timely act on applications filed before it to ensure continuous supply of electricity to consumers. We, therefore, regret the statements made that ERC is to be blamed for the power crisis in the Province of Occidental Mindoro.  We have prioritized resolving pending issues of parties concerned and have been timely in our actions to issue permits for them to operate,” ERC Chairperson Monalisa Dimalanta clarified.


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