WWF Philippines and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), in cooperation with the UP School of Economics (UPSE), held a Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Energy Security and Competitiveness last March 17, 2017 at the UPSE in Diliman, Quezon City. All presentations and videos are uploaded on to the iCSC website.
The discussion aimed to promote dialogue among academics, policymakers, and experts on current trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the Philippine energy sector. The discussion focused on Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP’s) working paper “Filipino 2040 - Energy: Power Security and Competitiveness”, which served as a critical policy paper for the government. The paper highlights the government’s thrust of improving the well-being of Filipinos through the lowering of electricity prices – ostensibly by promoting competition in the power generation sector. The RTD was followed by an open forum about the current energy policy debate, focused on identifying policy opportunities that can truly level the power sector playing field and to formulate a meaningful, effective framework in determining the real price of electricity across all power generating technologies.