December 12, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

No squabbling, DoE’s Cusi urges ERC

THE Energy secretary met with commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Tuesday “to address the concerns of the public and the electricity industry sector,” the Department of Energy (DoE) said in a statement.

“I don’t know how you’ll do it but you have to do it,” the DoE quoted Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi as saying, referring to reports of “internal squabbles” within the ERC.

The quarrel is reportedly between ERC Chairman and Chief Executive Jose Vicente B. Salazar and the four commissioners Alfredo J. Non, Gloria Victoria C. Yap-Taruc, Josefina Patricia A. Magpale-Asirit and Geronimo D. Sta. Ana.

The DoE said the commissioners submitted to Mr. Cusi a report, which the department is studying. It also said that in previous meetings with the commissioners, he asked the ERC chairman to ensure that the ERC is working.

“The DoE respects the ERC as a strong and independent institution. However, public interest comes first,” Mr. Cusi said in the tersely worded DoE statement.

In the succeeding meetings with the commissioners, the DoE “will push for a more definite set of outputs from the ERC aside from pushing to resolve the internal differences” within the commission.

“The delays incurred by the ERC must be addressed immediately. We cannot have internal squabbles (that get) in the way of the interest of the public,” Mr. Cusi said. -- Victor V. Saulon