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Commentary: Energy task force ensures security of power facilities in RP

Tacloban City (September 10) -- Through Executive Order No. 655, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has created a task force under the Department of Energy whose responsibility is to ensure the security of all power related facilities and infrastructures in the country.

The President, in issuing Executive Order No. 655,also directed the task force to be headed by Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes with the authority to ensure the enforcement of the country's laws relating to energy.

To be known as the Presidential Task Force on the Security of Energy Facilities and Enforcement of Energy Laws and Standards (PTF-SEFEELS), the task force is also directed to formulate a comprehensive national plan for the security and protection of energy facilities. It will also be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the said plan.

The PTF-SEFEELS will absorb the personnel and assets of the National Anti-Environment Crime Task Force (NAECTAF), which AO 655 deactivated.

The task force shall initially source its operational funds from the unprogrammed funds of the DOE. However, starting budgetary year 2008, its operating budget shall be incorporated in the budgetary allocation of the DOE.

In creating the task force, the President cited the need to "ensure the security and protection of energy and power related facilities and associated infrastructure, and enforcement of energy and related laws and standards, to safeguard the welfare of the consumers against violators of energy rules and regulations, such as in liquefied petroleum gases and smuggling of petroleum products, amongst others."

The task force is mandated to conduct regular assessment of potential threats, both man-made and natural, to the energy and power-related infrastructure, coordinate and provide assistance in the enforcement of energy and related laws.

It will also have the responsibility of recommending policies and strategies to improve the security and protection of energy facilities.

Section 4 of the AO mandated the establishment of an operations center for the task force, which will be headed by an executive director, with the rank of undersecretary.

The executive order enjoined all government departments, agencies, offices and instrumentalities, including government owned or controlled corporations, to provide support, assistance and resources to the new task force. (PIA 8) [top]

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