Soliven seeks amendment of EPIRA law PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2015 09:05

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Regional Governor for Western Mindanao and RDC-9 Economic Development Chair  Pedro Rufo “Cholo” N. Soliven has called for the review and the  need to repeal certain provisions of Republic Act # 913, otherwise known as the Electric Power Reform Act  or EPIRA Law.

Soliven said the EPIRA  Law failed to make sure the reliability and competitively priced electricity. The aim of EPIRA Law was to provide choice to the electric consumers, by opening up to the competition the generation, transmission as well as distribution aspect of the power industry.

Soliven underscored the need to include punitive measure as to its accountability where electric consumers are assured of adequate,reliable supply and reasonableness of the rates.

Soliven noted that with the current power situation in Mindanao, where Zamboanga City is hardly hit with an average of 6-8 hours rotational brownouts, the aggravating power is attributable to the EPIRA Law, hence the need to revisit and review or amend certain provisions to make more responsive and relevant to Mindanao power situation.

Soliven who is also the private sector representative of Zamboanga City in the Regional Development Council-9 is expected to file a formal resolution for support so that the Power Committee in both Houses of Congress will start the review of the EPIRA Law.