The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to speed up the renewable energy (RE) application process to 25 days for speedy implementation to meet the energy demands of the country.
“We are looking at implementing section 23 of the DOE Act, which provides for 10 calendar days for other agencies to act and resolve pending DOE projects and DOE endorsed projects,” DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said.
He added that the DOE will construct its processing before working with other government agencies.
“We will work within the DOE to streamline our own process then we will have a dialog, and a MOA (memorandum of agreement) if possible, with other agencies,” Fuentebella said.
The readjustment to the RE application process is to answer President Rodrigo Dutere’s mandate in speeding up the process of public dealings across government agencies, the undersecretary said.
DOE added that they will propose to the Malacanang for an executive order formalize the agreements within the agencies, as soon as issues are flattened out.
“We also welcome the initiative from the legislature to come up with a law to have a one-stop shop for all energy projects to address inter-agency and LGU (local government unit) concerns,” Fuentebella said.
The energy department is currently using the Energy Virtual One Shared System (EVOSS), a web-based monitoring system for energy project application, information and permits, in speeding up their application process.
Former energy secretary Jericho Petilla accelerated the application process from 100 days to 45 days.