The MIMAROPA Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Power and Energy Technical Working Group (TWG) conducted its first meeting cum consultation workshop on September 27 through Zoom video conference. 

In attendance were representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Power Corporation (NPC), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), Romblon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ROMELCO), Tablas Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TIELCO), Marinduque Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MARELCO), Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ORMECO), Lubang Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LUBELCO), Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OMECO), and Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BISELCO), Provincial and City Planning and Development Offices of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Puerto Princesa, and Calapan; and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

In his opening remarks, Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO)  in  MIMAROPA emphasized the critical role of power and energy as fundamental enabler of economic growth for MIMAROPA region. It fuels businesses, strengthens the delivery of public services, and ushers the initiatives towards sustainable development, poverty reduction efforts and even climate action.

Mr. Roy A. Dimayuga, Chief of Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED), presented the Power and Energy TWG’s main functions in evaluating major power and energy development issues and concerns in the region.

RD Mendoza also provided the members with a walkthrough on the proposed  MIMAROPA Power and Energy Security Framework.  The framework will serve as a foundation in identifying infrastructure programs and projects under the 2023-2028 regional development plan to contribute to the realization of the Ambisyon Natin 2040.

The NPC presented the status of operation of power plants including existing transmission lines, substation and power generation projects. TransCo, represented by Prof. Wali del Mundo, introduced the proposed operation of small power grid system in MIMAROPA that could minimize power outages in island provinces through automated linkage of power plants and electric distribution utilities. Meanwhile, DOE shared the status of their proposed and ongoing energy infrastructure projects in the region including power plants, renewable energy development, total electrification and the proposed small wind turbine project in Romblon. Furthermore, NGCP presented updates on the status of Batangas-Mindoro and Quezon-Marinduque Interconnection Projects.

The activity culminated with a workshop wherein the participants were divided into three groups: power generation, transmission, and distribution. Each group identified a long list of visionary, short-term and long-term programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) supportive of the proposed MIMAROPA Power and Energy Security Framework.

The identified key power and energy projects shall contribute to reduce the energy cost to families in the short term, ensure energy security in the region for the medium term, and establish livable and sustainable communities in the MIMAROPA region in the long term.

​​​​​​​These identified projects will also form part of the 2023-2028 MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan, Regional Physical Framework Plan, and Regional Development and Investment Program.