MANILA, Philippines – TINATRABAHO na ng Pilipinas para lutasin ang isyu ng West Philippine Sea (WPS) para simulan ang bagong energy exploration projects bago pa magsimulang maubusan ng suplay ang Malampaya gas.
“We are still at a deadlock right now. It is in a conflict area. So, that’s another thing that we have to try and resolve to see what role any countries play,” ayon kay Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sa isang panayam nang tanungin ukol sa kasalukuyang isyu sa maritime region at Malampaya gas field.
“It’s still of course the position of the Philippines that this is not in a conflict area. This is very clearly within our EEZ [exclusive economic zone]… within our baselines, within the maritime territory, the Philippines,” ayon sa Punong Ehekutibo.
Tinuran pa nito na tatlong taon nang nakikipag-negosasyon ang Pilipinas, subalit inamin na maliit lamang ang progreso na nagagawa kaugnay sa naturang pag-uusap.
Winika pa nito na ang suplay ng liquified natural gas (LNG) ay nagiging mas mahalaga sa Pilipinas partikular na sa transisyon nito sa renewable energy.
“We are seeing LNG as being the transition between purely fossil fuel, coal, to the more bigger mix of renewables,” ayon kay Pangulong Marcos.
“But this — the move to renewables, I think we are all discovering is not as easy as we had hoped and so we need a transition period to give ourselves time to bring the infrastructure and to allow the technologies to develop,” aniya pa rin.
“Some of the new technologies are still being piloted so the country has to wait for them to be rolled out in a commercial basis and that will take a little time for the country’s transition to clean energy,” ayon pa rin sa Pangulo.
Kailangan na maka-secure ang Pilipinas ng sapat na fuel supply lalo na sa lahat ng plano para sa development para sa paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa.
“The supply of reliable, affordable power is always going to be critical and it has been one of the problems that the Philippines has faced, are…. power and even the lack of supply,” ayon sa Pangulo.
“So, that is what we — that is what we’ll be working on. So, that’s why LNG has become more and more important and so it’s imperative for the Philippines to find a way to move the process forward so as to be able to assure ourselves of that transition — the fuel supply during that transition period,” lahad nito. Kris Jose