Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Signs Executive Order to Revive Nuclear Energy Program

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order that would revive the country’s nuclear energy program.

Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) 164 on Feb. 28 but only released it to the media on March 3.

The EO outlined the Philippine government’s national position for a nuclear program, taking into account economic, political, social, and environmental objectives.

Through the EO, the Philippines recognizes nuclear power as “a reliable, cost-competitive, and environment-friendly energy source.”

“For the country to achieve its sustained growth targets, it must ensure that it has a reliable, secure, sustainable, quality and affordable electricity supply, including sufficient reserve to guarantee that there will be no disruptions in the power supply,” the EO stated.

The signing came after the recommendation of the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee, following a pre-feasibility study and a public consultation.

The EO included the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the program, which has been mothballed since 1986 due to corrupt allegations and safety concerns.

Other nuclear power installations will also be pursued.

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