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Iloilo okays renewable energy ordinance

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The Province of Iloilo has passed an ordinance that aims to develop and promote renewable energy.

On September 14, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan adopted the Iloilo Provincial Ordinance of Renewable Energy Ordinance of 2022 (I-PORE 2022).

Vice Governor Christine Garin and Board Members Marcelo Valentine Serag (1st district), Jason Gonzales (3rd district), and Domingo Oso (4th district) sponsored the measure, which was introduced by Board Member Rolando Distura (4th district). (https://bit.ly/3y9bQ1z)

The new ordinance adopts and adheres to the national government’s measures in accordance with Republic Act No. 9513. (Renewable Energy Act of 2008).

The measure primarily requires the establishment of infrastructure and mechanisms on RE; encourages barangays, municipalities, and cities to identify and allocate possible sites for RE investments; and provides incentives according to the Provincial Investment Code.

The allocation of proceeds from renewable energy projects to hospitals, facilities, buildings, and properties owned and operated by the Iloilo provincial government, the provincial government’s own projects, and public schools and government facilities within the province are also notable features of the I-PORE.

It also includes an automatic appropriation of one-half of 1 percent of the province’s annual budget appropriations.

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