LOOK: Brownout hits Department of Energy budget hearing

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy.

Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

What could be more ironic than this?

The Senate budget hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy hit a brief snag on Tuesday, October 2, when a brownout occurred at the conference room.

Senate finance committee chairperson Loren Legarda and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian were questioning energy officials on the Philippines' nuclear energy program when lights suddenly went off for 3 to 4 minutes. The online livestream of the hearing was also interrupted.

Senators and resource persons went on with their discussions on the country's energy situation.

POWER'S BACK. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

POWER'S BACK.

Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

DOE said it has to study the proposal for around 7 years before it implements the Nuclear Power Program, once approved by President Rodrigo Duterte. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said they are eyeing South Korea as the model of the Philippine program.

Others present in the hearing were Energy Undersecretary Donato Marcos and Energy Regulatory Commission chairperson Agnes Devanadera, among others.

The DOE has a proposed 2019 budget of P2 billion, 25% of which, or P505 million, is earmarked for the Total Electrification Program. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com

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