Sen. Gatchalian: PH’s First World-Class Energy Institute Seen To Rise Soon

Sen. Gatchalian: PH’s First World-Class Energy Institute Seen To Rise Soon


Filipino PR Executive Wins People Of The Year 2020 In Beijing

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal was recognized as People of the Year 2020 in the Golden Flag Awards — one of most prominent PR awards in China!

Children Still Survive In Makeshift Homes And Miss Out On Learning After Typhoon Rolly

"Our house was destroyed because we are poor," said nine-year-old Maria who was among the thousands of children left homeless when Super Typhoon Rolly made landfall in Albay.

SM Scholar Alumna Becomes Agent Of Peacebuilding In Conflict Affected Areas

SM Foundation scholar alumni Carissa Cruz shares what drives her to continue to strive for excellence at work in life in general.

GSIS To Release Php3.3B In Christmas Cash Gift To Pensioners Starting Dec 1

Good news! GSIS announced that it will start to release a total of Php3.3 billion in Christmas cash gift to a total of 330,496 old-age and disability pensioners starting December 1.

The Senate is close to approving the creation of the Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute (PERPI), the country’s first energy think tank that could bridge research and policy gaps in the energy sector.

As the original proponent of the PERPI, Senator Win Gatchalian said that energy is one of the most research-intensive fields within the public policy arena given its rapidly evolving technologies.

“I had the privilege of studying the best case practices of well-performing energy sectors in developed countries across the world. One element they had in common was the presence of academe-based energy institutes, which unfortunately we don’t have”, said Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

“PERPI will be an independent, multidisciplinary, and collaborative institution that will serve as the country’s backbone for the sector’s innovation and progress”, Gatchalian added.

Gatchalian’s vision for PERPI was inspired by world-renowned institutes, such as the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy of Stanford University, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore at the National University of Singapore, and the Energy Institute at Haas Berkeley in the University of California Berkeley.

Gatchalian further explained that PERPI will be a laboratory, an innovation incubator, and a sparring partner of the government energy policy apparatus, all in one.

Senate bill 1296, which Gatchalian authored, mandates the establishment of the PERPI at the University of the Philippines and will be composed of scholars and energy sector professionals. The UP President will be given the authority to appoint the Executive Director based on the recommendation of the Executive Board.

The bill appropriates P200 million for the initial funding of the think tank. To fund PERPI’s research, a special account for energy research shall be established, which will recognize and accept grants, contributions, and donations for energy research, while PERPI’s operations shall be initially funded through a budget of one hundred million pesos.

“It is my sincere belief that the development of a stable, affordable, and sustainable energy supply will be critical to meeting the country’s ambitious long-term socio-economic goals. The research output of the PERPI will be essential to turning this vision into a reality,” the lawmaker said. (

Photo Credit:

Tugade Leads DOTr Team’s Inspection Of Seaports, Airports

We must make sure that operations in these facilities will not be disrupted, and that these are safe for operators and passengers to use,” says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Pasig River Ferry Service Back In Operation

Balik-operasyon na muli ang Pasig River ferry service matapos ang pananalanta ng bagyong Ulysses.

PH Covid-19 Recovery Tally Nears 400K

The DOH on Monday reported 44 new recoveries which pushed the overall tally of recovered cases from COVID-19 nationwide to 398,658.

Anonymous Customer Involves GrabFood Rider In An Act Of Goodwill

Kudos to you ma'am/sir sa pag-aabot ng tulong sa mga nangangaailangan!

Restrictions Still Tight Despite Allowing Minors In Malls

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the guidelines for allowing minors to enter malls will be prepared by the Metro Manila Council and other local government units.

No Politics In Covid-19 Vaccination Drive: Palace

“Wala pong pulitika diyan. Kung may pulitika po diyan, gagawin ni Presidente ang ginawa ng naunang presidente at administrasyon, ang mga kalaban ay hindi bibigyan." says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

No Voter Registration On Nov. 30, Dec. 8

There will be no voter registration on November 30 and December 8 due to the holidays.

ECHO, OXFAM, World Vision, And ADRA Partner To Support Goni-Displaced Families In Bicol

World Vision, along with several of its partners, vows to provide immediate aid to the most affected communities in the hard-hit areas of the Bicol region.

Great Deals On Mobile And Broadband Await At The Gift Love, On The Globe myBusiness Shop

As a way to help SMEs rebuild in time for the holiday season, Globe myBusiness is currently holding the Gift Love, Gift Local Online sale until November 30, 2020.

Simbang Gabi In Chapels In PNP Camps Limited To 30% Capacity

The celebration of Simbang Gabi for the Christmas season would be limited to 30-percent capacity in chapels inside police camps in the country.