DAVAO CITY — The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE), as the Co-chair of the Intergovernmental Energy Board (IEB) from the side of the Bangsamoro Government thru its Energy Management and Development Services (EMDS), hosted the first in-depth face-to-face joint Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting with the Department of Energy (DOE) on Upstream Conventional Energy, Power and Electrification, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation last 8-10 November 2022 at Park Inn Hotel, Davao City.

MENRE Minister Akmad A. Brahim, being the Co-chair of the IEB, stated during the meeting that “This activity is a result of our collective efforts which began upon the establishment of the IEB under the Bangsamoro Organic Law or also known as RA 11054 which provides a platform to discuss the power and authority given to BARMM over the Energy Resources in the region. As first of the many, may this joint meeting further strenghten the cooperation between BARMM Government thru MENRE and the National Government thru DOE.”

Reiterating DOE Secretary Lotilla’s optimism and commitment to help the Bangsamoro government succeed, the said meeting is one of the many aids to the regional government in becoming better duty bearers through effective cascading of knowledge and capacities from DOE to BARMM.

The week-long series of meetings were attended by different officials by the DOE and from the BARMM— Minister Akmad Brahim of MENRE, Minister Eduard U. Guerra of Ministry of Public Works (MPW), and Bangsamoro Director General Mohajirin Ali of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), and the Director of the EMDS, Nasiri B. Abas as the Secretariat of the IEB.

DOE Undersecretaries Alessandro O. Sales and Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo represented the DOE in the discussions on Upstream Conventional Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. DOE Assistant Secretary Mario C. Marasigan facilitated the discussion on Power and Electrification.

During the formal talk, the TWG agreed to explore the following specific points of collaboration:

a) the conduct of joint exercise in discovery and production of indigenous petroleum and coal; and drafting of the PCECP guidelines for the EDU in the BARMM;

b) mentoring between DOE and BARMM on technical sufficiency and knowledge transfer; and especially the orientation for the Financial aspect of the Oil and Gas Exploration

c) ways forward with regard to WESM in Mindanao and ECs operating within BARMM territories; and

d) opportunities in energy efficiency and conservation.