Salucop Group, Inc. (SGI) supports Murang Kuryente Party List’s bid for a seat in congress, an update that was announced in February’s board meeting. SGI CEO Sigrid Salucop told board members that the party list’s fight for clean, affordable electricity is its own fight and one of the most important advocacies that every Filipino should be clamouring for.
Salucop Group’s board meeting records also reveal that the company wants to move forward with its energy development goals to fill some of country’s energy deficit. The firm will be focusing on Luzon for the rest of 2019.
Luzon only has a capacity of 10,115 MW against a peak demand of over 9,000 MW based on recent data. Sources say that the island is currently on yellow alert “due to the unexpected shutdown and limited generation of some power plants”.
The group has been working with an American firm since 2016 and has added Philippine-based Ecosense to its list of renewable energy partners. Apart from solar projects, it was decided in February that Salucop Group will be supporting would-be policymakers whose main focus is to push for clean, affordable energy. Salucop says that Murang Kuryente Party List fits the bill.
“MKP’s bid for a seat in Congress is our own bid for that seat and I am not saying this as someone from the renewable energy sector but as a Filipino who has experienced how difficult it is to be setting aside a huge chunk of my income just to pay for a bill that includes charges passed on to me,” Salucop added.
Composed of individuals who have been lobbying for renewable energy for decades, the party list aims to make electric power more affordable to Filipinos. Murang Kuryente Party List (MKP) has been pushing for the removal of pass on charges since 2016. According to Murang Kuryente’s representatives, the party “believes that quality electricity is a key to economic development, as affordable electricity is a prerequisite for manufacturing and industtrialisation, resulting in employment and social mobility.”
An estimated 2.4 million Filipino households do not have access to electricity while those who do often have to tighten their belts just to keep the lights on.
The Philippines gets most of its power from coal, a source that is detrimental to the environment and to the people who live near said facilities. The good news is, various companies both local and foreign have already started building solar power plants in the Philippine countryside. However, the renewable energy sector is not moving as fast as coal.
“We are paying so much for dirty energy and even have to contend with power interruptions on top of that. If you’re a voter, it’s time for you to take a stand and help MKP get that seat,” Salucop comments.
The company’s Vice President Virginia Mangapit made it clear that Salucop Group is not a campaign donor of MKP. It is against the law for any company to fund candidates or parties.