- President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 116, that orders the formation of an committee that will evaluate and study the possibility of nuclear energy program in the Philippines
- The Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee was created and tasked to make an initial report after six months to the Office of the President
- The EO stated “nuclear power can be a reliable, cost-competitive and environment-friendly energy source”
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has formed a committee to study the possible inclusion of nuclear energy in the country’s power mix.
Duterte has signed Executive Order No. 116, that orders the formation of an inter-agency committee that will evaluate and assess the need and viability of a nuclear power plant program and make use of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
“The experience of a number of countries has shown that nuclear power can be a reliable, cost-competitive and environment-friendly energy source,” the EO stated.
“There is an imperative need to revisit the country’s policy on nuclear energy and determine its feasibility as a long-term option for power generation,” it added.
The EO created the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee which will be headed by the Department of Energy, with the Department of Science and Technology as vice chairperson.
Its members include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Economic and Development Authority, National Power Corporation, National Transmission Corporation, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The committee was given six months to submit an initial report to the Office of the President. Succeeding reports will be submitted every six months. Funding for the study will be charged against the budget of the energy department.