President Rodrigo Du30 as what Bongbong Marcos said is very determined to give the people not just a clean election but a corruption-free government. However, the current form of government allows some public officials to nurture their own interests. Take the case of the deuterium gas exploration. Since 2013, Marcos said that hydrogen as a fuel is processed from deuterium, or heavy hydrogen, which is abundant in the Philippines. His Senate Bill No. 408, or the proposed hydrogen research, promotion and development act, creates a hydrogen research and development center that “spearheads the development of hydrogen, which is the fuel of the future.” Well, the future is already here but for some reasons, delayed by people in authority.
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[VIDEO]: President Du30 is determined to have a clean election. Bongbong Marcos is saying that even the President believes that there are problems in the 2016 elections.
The Reality of a Vision
Marcos said previously that the volatility of oil price in the world market slows down the country’s efforts for a rapid economic growth. This is because the Philippines is highly dependent on oil imports. Under Marcos’ proposal, the hydrogen research and development center is under the Department of Science and Technology. The center spearheads the research, development, and use of hydrogen in the country. At the same time, it serves as the core network of foreign investment on the development and use of hydrogen.
The DOE Insight
The DOE insinuates that there are issues that slacken the exploration activity due to the economic and political crisis. However, DOE officials are positive with the current developments in the political scene like the change in administration. That enables the country to regain the confidence of investors and, thus, the economy is expected to soon recover. Like Marcos, Du30 is very keen on oil and gas exploration. However, current corruption scandals affecting many public servants in the past administration made many officials very careful in money matters.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Energy (DOE) have a joint circular to provide uniform guidelines. This is for the payment and relocation of Electric Cooperative (EC) facilities affected by government projects. Although this is unrelated, it can follow the same structure that can explain the DPWH’s great involvement in oil and gas exploration compliance, which is key to realize the deuterium extraction project. Paper trails show that some vast amounts of funds are withheld at the DPWH that hampers the progress of the said project.
The Department of Energy starts to process the Exploration Service Contract 64 and the Cotabato basins in 2015. A list of requirements for the explorers’ strict compliance follows. However, there is some kind of hiccups in the DPWH department. They recently resort to seeking the President’s help in December 2017. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Salvador S. Panelo, immediately endorses the matter to Special Assistant to the President, Sec. Christopher Lawrence T. Go. Any words from the Department of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar?