More laws needed in PH’s use of nuclear power
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said the Philippines needs to enact more laws once its decides to go for the use of nuclear energy in building up the country’s generating capacity.
The laws will allow the Philippines to comply with international standards on nuclear energy.
The laws to be passed should resolve the country’s lack of cohesive policy direction, specialized agency, regulator, manpower, and research and development focused on nuclear energy.
“In Korea, they have 16 specialized legislation that deals with nuclear energy and we can see how Korea, which is an advanced country in nuclear energy, has dedicated a lot of legislation for safety. In France, they have 18 different laws,” Gatchalian said.
But before legislating supporting laws, the Philippines needs to determine whether it is open to use nuclear power.
The Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) is working on forming a national position and given a deadline until December to come out with that, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said.