Bill granting franchise on solar power blocked

At least fifteen congressmen from both Majority and Minority blocs have banded together to step on the brakes of two House bills, which, if enacted into law, would grant “super monopoly” franchise authority to Solar Para sa Bayan on the whole range of solar power provision.

The congressmen, led by 1-PACMAN Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero, filed House Resolution 2182 seeking to have House bills 8013 and 8015 sent back to the committee on legislative franchises for further deliberations and scrutiny.

The congressmen said the two bills run counter to the provisions of the Constitution on monopolies and Republic Act 9136, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or EPIRA Law.

“HB 8013 and HB 8015 were clearly railroaded. These bills speedily coasted from filing to Legislative Franchises Committee and to the rules committee in less than a month. It ran super charged. We had to stop it in its tracks and turn it around,” Rep. Romero said.(House of Representatives)