Win Gatchalian pushes creation of PH energy think tank
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for a bill that seeks the formation of the Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute (PERPI) to bridge research and policy gaps and promote greater energy security in the country.
Under Senate Bill 1574, PERPI will be an independent institution attached to the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, comprised of scholars and energy sector professionals. It will have an initial fund of P200 million.
It will be tasked to conduct multidisciplinary energy research, incubate and develop cutting edge technologies, and serve as the sparring partner for the government during the energy policy-making process.
PERPI’s research will be supported by an endowment fund that will be established.
“The enrgy sector is one of the most research-intensive fields within the public policy arena. Characterized by rapidly changing technologies which redefine the parameters of the game at a blistering pace, it is a challenge for even the most well-funded and fully-equipped energy sector players to keep abreast with the latest research,” said Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee.