- Policy Guidelines on the Overall Development and Utilization of Natural Gas in the Philippines
- DOE Department Circular No. DC1995-06-006
June 15, 1995
DOE DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. DC1995-06-006
POLICY GUIDELINES ON THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF NATURAL GAS IN THE PHILIPPINES
WHEREAS, Section 2 of
WHEREAS, Sections 4, 5 (a) and 59 (b) of
WHEREAS, among the indigenous energy resources which include fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas and gas liquids, geothermal resources, and other less conventional existing and potential forms of indigenous resources, natural gas has been recognized as environment-friendly, indigenous, and low-cost source of energy;
WHEREAS, Section 5 (e) of TIcAaH
NOW, THEREFORE, the Department hereby declares the following policy guidelines on natural gas development and utilization.
SECTION 1. The government shall promote the role of natural gas into the energy supply mix of the country by creating the conditions for a Philippine Gas Industry that economically serves a broader variety of users, including efficient gas-fired power plants, industrial, commercial and residential customers.
SECTION 2. The Malampaya/Camago gas field shall serve as the foundation for the Philippine Gas Industry by planning and developing it to primarily supply efficient gas-fired power plants starting year 2001.
SECTION 3. The Philippine Gas Industry shall be consistent with the government's overall policy of encouraging private sector participation and reducing the direct involvement of government in the ownership of assets and facilities. The role of government will be confined to that of policy direction and regulation, unless government involvement is demonstrated to provide substantial reduction in the cost of natural gas and economic benefit to the people.
SECTION 4. Government regulation of the development and operation of the Philippine Gas Industry facilities shall be structured to facilitate the safe operation and growth of the industry while ensuring equitable non-discriminatory access to all industry participants.
SECTION 5. The facilities of the Philippine Gas Industry shall be constructed and operated in compliance with all existing Philippine environmental regulations and with international safety standards.
SECTION 6. The development of the Philippine Gas Industry shall primarily promote the policy of utilizing indigenous energy resources to stabilize energy prices.
SECTION 7. This Department Circular shall take effect immediately a day after its complete publication in a national newspaper of general circulation. HaDEIc
Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, June 15, 1995.
(SGD.) SEC. FRANCISCO L. VIRAY
Department of Energy