DOE vows unhampered basic energy services to Bangsamoro

State-owned Agus and Pulangui hydropower plant complex (Photo from file)

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) – In celebration of the Bangsamoro Foundation Day today, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi vows to provide unhampered basic energy services in the Bangsamoro.

“I congratulate the BARMM leadership and the Bangsamoro people on their Foundation Day. The DOE and the Energy family are one with them in working for a better quality of life and a better future,” Secretary Cusi said.

He also vowed to extend the DOE’s full support to its BARMM counterpart, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE), fully aware that energy is a major driver of economic growth.

Republic Act 11054, also known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), created the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The BARMM is comprised of Basilan (except Isabela City), Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The theme for this year’s Foundation Day is: Moral Governance: Building Strong Foundation for a Better Bangsamoro.

The DOE leads the National Government Agency counterparts (NGAs) in the Intergovernmental Energy Board (IEB), which is tasked to resolve all energy matters specified in the BOL. It is jointly chaired by DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and MENRE Minister Abdulraof A. Macacua.

For several virtual meetings last year, the DOE presented the Bangsamoro Energy Profile to apprise its Bangsamoro Government counterparts of the energy situation in the region. The two agencies also discussed the Privatization of the Agus Pulangi Hydropower Complex, and Joint Exploration, Development and Utilization in the Bangsamoro area.

“The IEB shall be instrumental towards a successful energy development roadmap in the Bangsamoro region, and as always, the DOE will continue to collaborate and cooperate with the Bangsamoro government, different government agencies and industry players to support the Bangsamoro people. The DOE will be true to its commitment to ensure consumers a stable and reliable power supply, and see to it that efficient delivery of basic energy services to the people is not hampered,” Sec. Cusi emphasized.

The NGA counterpart is comprised of relevant agencies such as the Departments of Science and Technology, Environment and Natural Resources, Interior and Local Government, Public Works and Highways; National Economic Development Authority; Mindanao Development Authority; Energy Regulatory Commission; and DOE attached agencies (National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, National Transmission Corporation, and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD with additional information from DOE)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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