ERC to conduct hearings virtually

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is going digital in conducting hearings and facilitating applications of industry stakeholders as the Philippines continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. This after the agency promulgated “Resolution for the Transitory Implementation of Legal e-Processes Pending the Adoption of the Interim Guidelines Governing the Electronic Application, Filings, and Virtual Hearings Before the Energy Regulatory Commission.” Under the resolution, hearings shall be conducted through videoconferencing, to be convened by the ERC using Microsoft Teams or Zoom applications or such other secure platforms as it deems appropriate. All applications/petitions, pleadings, motions and other documents shall be transmitted via email. The prefiling process covering all rate applications/petitions or other applications for relief that directly affect the electricity consumers shall be done electronically.

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