Department of Energy: 35 Years of Efforts towards Energy Self-Sufficiency
The Department of Energy (DoE) traces its origins to 1972 when Republic Act 6173 created the Oil Industry Commission which was tasked to regulate the oil industry and to ensure the adequate supply of petroleum products at reasonable prices.
Six years later, Presidential Decree 1206 created the Department of Energy with two line bureaus: Bureau of Energy Development and Bureau of Energy Utilization. The following year the Department was transformed into the Ministry of Energy.
After the democratic transition in 1986, then ministry was abolished and it was only in 1992 that the Department of Energy was re-established by virtue of Republic Act 7638. Under the law, the DoE was tasked to prepare, integrate, coordinate, supervise, and control all plans, programs, projects, and activities of the government relative to energy exploration, development, utilization, distribution, and conservation.
The Department of Energy has steadily worked to improve the quality of life of the Filipino by formulating and implementing policies and programs to ensure sustainable, stable, secure, sufficient, accessible, and reasonably priced energy. …