Philippines: Consumer Protection in a Competitive Electricity Market with Open Access

Sovereign Project | 44091-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Consumer Protection in a Competitive Electricity Market with Open Access
Project Number 44091-012
Country Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8073-PHI: Consumer Protection in a Competitive Electricity Market with Open Access
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Consumer awareness and advocacy/capacity building programs have been conducted among various sectors of society.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Initial consultation meetings with stakeholders involving Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, NGOs, religious groups and other consumer groups including World Youth Alliance, Alliance for Consumer Empowerment, LAPOCOF, CSOFP, Mindanao Commission on Women, Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers, Archdiocese of Manila, Don Bosco Tondo, Religious of the Good Shepherd, Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Diocese of Cavite, ALU-TUCP, Empower Consumers, NAGRASA, Alliance of Progressive Labor, All Pinoy, Young Women's Christian Association, Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc., Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc., Alliance for Consumer Empowerment, Philippine Electric Cooperative, etc. have been conducted in January, July, November and December 2013 to develop a comprehensive integrated advocacy campaign to educate consumers about the key features of the power sector, policy mechanisms and evolving developments that may impact on consumers.

As an offshoot of these meetings, a consumer consultative group consisting of nine persons from various sectors of society was established to develop outreach and educational strategies to meet existing issues relevant to Philippine consumers and to develop future strategies to educate consumers about structural changes and reform in the Philippine energy market; organize and strengthen consumer groups and their networks; improve community understanding of basic energy issues among others. Following formation of the group, they have been meeting almost on a weekly basis to organize themselves into subgroups and agree/plan on the next activities to meet their objectives.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Wide-range consultations with the government, the electricity industry, and consumers were completed during the project design stage.
During Project Implementation The implementation consultants and project team has been working closely with the stakeholders, including existing consumer groups, during project implementation through the various workshops being conducted. The TA has three components: (i) stakeholder capacity building, (ii) establishing a consumer consultation group, and (iii) establishing a dispute-resolution scheme for consumer complaints.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The proposed Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance (TA) will support the Department of Energy on the consumer protection aspect of the Philippines power sector reforms. It will help provide for measures that will address consumer concerns arising from power sector reform attribute such as electricity market competition, open access and customer switching system, and those that will be implemented in the future. International and national experts will be engaged to introduce international best practices and provide domestic expertise in undertaking the following activities among other things for the (i) empowerment of electricity consumers and capacity building for Government (ii) institutionalization of electricity consumer consultations and (iii) putting up of protection mechanism for electricity consumers.

The following consultants will be recruited, among others: Consumer Protection Specialist, Electricity Market Specialist, Advocacy Specialist

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Rehan Kausar
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Energy
PNPC Complex
Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio
Makati, Metro Manila


Concept Clearance 26 Jan 2012
Fact Finding 30 Jan 2012 to 03 Feb 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2014

TA 8073-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Apr 2012 17 May 2012 17 May 2012 30 Apr 2014 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 16 Apr 2012 90,042.78

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