The Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC), which serves as the country's primary watchdog in the power sector, has been renamed to reflect the expansion of its oversight powers to the entire energy sector with the recent passage of Republic Act (RA) No. 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, Senator Win Gatchalian said.
Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, said the JCPC, which was created under Section 62 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), will now be called the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC) once the 18th Congress opens later this month.
He explained that the scope of the JCPC's oversight function was expanded and its name was changed to the JCEC considering that energy efficiency does not only concern the power sector but the entire energy demand of the country.
"The energy sector is a vibrant industry that keeps on growing and evolving and, as the primary watchdog in the energy sector, we also need to adapt to these change
Source: Senate of the Philippines