Stakeholders gather for Western Visayas renewable energy congress
Iloilo City (27 November) -- Around 200 top executives in the energy and utility industries, consumers, business, government, church, academe, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the region gathered for the Western Visayas Renewable Energy Congress held in this city recently.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) VI Knowledge Management Division, Economic Development Specialist Chief Estella Paredes reported that the one-day event was a step towards realizing the objective of the Medium-Term Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2005-2010, that is to provide alternative clean energy sources for the region.
Senators Edgardo Angara and Juan Miguel Zubiri were the keynote speakers of the Congress.
Angara, author of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, discussed the salient provisions of the Act and incentives to investors for developing and utilizing renewable energy sources.
On the other hand, Zubiri, author of the Bio-Fuel, presented the benefits of bio-fuels to the environment and fuel cost savings particularly to car-owners.
During the Congress, investors were also given opportunity to present their renewable energy sources, technologies and current development efforts in Western Visayas.
These seven investors included Trans-Asia Power Generation Corporation Sr. Vice-President Ms. Rosario Venturina for wind, Solar Electric Company President Roberto Lopez Puckett for solar, Sunwest Water and Electric Company CEO Jose Natividad for hydro, ASEA One Power Corporation Sr. Vice-President and CEO Ernesto Tan for bio-energy, Central Azucarera de San Antonio President Antonio Steven Chan for biomass co-generation, Preferred Energy Inc. Managing Director Grace Yeneza for biomass and FirstGen Corporation Vice-President Agnes de Jesus for geothermal.
Worldwide Fund and Greenpeace representatives were also present and discussed about climate solutions and the renewable energy imperatives.
Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Zenaida Ducut who attended the event discussed her agency's role in enticing and overseeing renewable energy development.
Ducut likewise committed to assist investors by fast-tracking the evaluation and certification requirements needed for the project to start during the post Congress dinner held with the investors.
Participants were welcomed by Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, hosts of the event.
Other highlights of the Congress were the prototype models and exhibits that showcased the various technical and non-technical achievements along renewable energy held at the lobby of the venue.
The Congress was spearheaded by the Regional Development Council VI chaired by Antique Governor Salvacion Zaldivar-Perez together with the League of Provinces, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, and the Responsible Ilonggo for Sustainable Energy supported by the NEDA VI under OIC Director Ro-Ann Bacal. (NEDA/PIA) [top]