Full exploitation of renewable energy resources priority under a Marcos presidency

Published October 22, 2021, 3:40 PM

by Ben Rosario

Presidential aspirant former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” 
Marcos Jr. has vowed to prioritize the full exploitation of renewable energy resources if he succeeds in becoming the president of the country.

Windmills

During his term as governor of Ilocos Norte, Marcos pursued the establishment of the windmill farm in Bagui town, making him the local government official who pioneered the use of renewable energy resources in addressing the country’s needs.

Marcos, standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, stressed the importance of similar action on a national level, saying that this would enable the country to keep pace with development of the global econommi and ensure sufficient but low cost of power supply.

Marcos pointed out that due to its geographic location and being archipelagic, the country is rich in renewable energy resources that could provide more than sufficient power supply once explored and tapped properly.

“We must explore other energy resources, like wind, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal and ocean energy sources, gaya nung (just like the ) windmill farm sa Bangui, Ilocos Norte na ngayon ay nagsusupply ng 40% ng electricity needs ng probinsiya (that currently supplies 40 percent of the electricity needs of the province),” he said.

“We have to break our dependence on imported crude oil for our households and industries to enjoy low-cost and uninterrupted power supply,” the presidential candidate said.

He added: “Dapat mas mura ang kuryente at reliable para makasabay tayo (electricity should be lower in price and reliable for us to keep pace) sa development ng global economy,” he said.

In 2018, the top five countries with the highest power rates surveyed in Asia are Japan (P12.31 per kWh); Philippines (P8.96 per kWh); Singapore (P8.83 per kWh; Hong Kong (P6.53 per kWh); and Thailand (P6.23 per kWh) Philippines had the second-highest power costs in Asia at P8.96 per kWh, the camp of the former senator disclosed.

Marcos also vowed to push for 100% household electrification because everyone must have access to electricity since it is a very essential part of the world today.

“Access to electricity is essential for improving access to health services, gaya ngayong may Covid, kailangan may kuryente (just like the current COVID, we need electricity) to ensure safe storage of vaccines. Ang mga bahay kailangan ng kuryente para sa ilaw, sa mga appliances. (Homes need electricity for light, appliances), he noted.

Marcos also stressed that the ultimate solution to the rising cost of crude oil that overwhelms the government’s efforts to control the prices of basic commodities would be the full exploitation of all potential renewable energy sources in the country.

“The pandemic has changed the energy landscape. Just like any country reeling from it, we should learn to adapt to this new environment. I, for one, have always been a proponent of renewable energy and I believe that it will play a crucial role not only in our recovery but in the country’s future as well,” he said.

 
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