The enactment of Republic Act (RA) No. 9136 on 8 June 2001 consolidates the restructuring efforts of the energy sector of the Philippines. Known as the “Electric Power Industry Reforms Act of 2001,” R.A. 9136 provides the legal bedrock and institutional framework for restructuring the energy industry in the country.
The fundamental question facing the public at this juncture is: How can energy restructuring efforts be made more participatory, equitable and sustainable in the Philippines? After seven years of social debate in Congress as well as in the streets (civil society mobilizations), it is crucial at this point that the public (civil society) continually and critically engages in shaping the direction of restructuring efforts.