Duterte signs into law a bill granting franchise for Legarda solar firm

02-Aug-2019 Intellasia | PhilStar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting a 25-year franchise to a solar company controlled by the son of Antique Rep. Loren Legarda.

Republic Act No. 11357, which grants Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain distributed energy resources and microgrids in the remote areas in the country, was signed into law last July 31.

Solar Para sa Bayan is owned by Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste, son of Legarda.

The law allows the solar firm to serve remote, unviable, unserved or underserved areas in Aklan, Aurora, Bohol, Cagayan, Camiguin, Capiz, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Guimaras, Isabela, Masbate, Misamis Occidental, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, and parts of Batangas and Quezon.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and some business groups had opposed the passage of the measure, saying it could have negative effects on the power industry.

In a joint statement, six business groups said the franchise would make the operations of other renewable energy companies and qualified third parties less viable and would defeat the president’s objective of leveling the playing field in the sector.

The groups called on the president and his economic team to review the franchise bill because of its supposed impact on small, mini and micro grids operating in the country.



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