US-Philippines Agree on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

The Philippines and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to work together and develop the Philippines’ nuclear power program.

The MOU was signed by Energy Undersecretary Gerardo Erguiza and US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins.

“Through our cooperation, we hope to ensure the peaceful use of nuclear energy and fulfill our decarbonization goals,” Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, who witnessed the signing, said in a statement.

Under the MOU, Manila, and Washington would work together to deepen their cooperation in nuclear energy, science, and technology to make a significant contribution to shared clean energy goals, agricultural development, availability of clean water, and medical treatments.

“Our nuclear cooperation rests on a strong nonproliferation regime and the Philippines’ steadfast commitment to nonproliferation,” the US State Department said in a separate statement.

The United States and the Philippines have an enduring alliance and maintain long-standing cooperation in the fields of security, energy, commerce, and nonproliferation, it further stated.

The MOU came a few weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order (EO) committing the Philippines to nuclear power in its energy mix and developing a nuclear energy program for it.

Duterte said in the EO that nuclear power is a “viable alternative source” of baseload power that can bridge the gap between rising demand and supply.


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