Duterte signed on March 8, a law a bill that seeks to modernize and streamline the process of power generation, transmission and distribution known as Republic Act (RA) 11234, or the “Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act,”.
The law would create the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (Evoss) to allow the coordinated submission and asynchronous dispensation of all required data and information.
Such online platform can also provide a single decision-making portal for actions on applications for permits, certifications necessary to an application of a proponent for new power generation, transmission, or distribution projects.
The Evoss would also guarantee the “secure, accessible and paperless” processing of documentary requirements, assessment and payment of charges and fees, status updates and progress monitoring not only for applicants, but for national and local government offices and entities involved in the permitting process of energy generation projects as well.
The shop will be maintained and managed by the Department of Energy. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate energy committee, estimated that the Evoss Act would diminish consumer electricity prices by as much as P1 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the long run.
An average household consumption rate of 200 kWh per month, Gatchalian noted that this would result in savings of P2,400 per household every year.