Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and Philippine National Oil Company Renewables Corporation (PNOC RC) are eyeing potential partnerships in renewable energy (RE).

This move should help PFDA, an attached agency to the Department of Agriculture (DA), conserve energy within the fish ports it operates and oversees nationwide.

It is mandated to promote the development of the fishing industry through the provision of post-harvest infrastructure facilities and essential services that improve efficiency in the handling and distribution of fish and fishery products and enhance their quality.

PNOC RC is the government agency tasked to promote, develop, and implement RE and energy efficiency programs in the Philippines. Both PNOC RC and PFDA are government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Officials from both agencies recently met via teleconference to discuss potential joint renewable energy development and other energy efficiency projects.

During the meeting, PNOC RC discussed the steps and needed requirements to be taken and provided by PFDA and its Regional Fish Ports (RFP) for a possible joint project, which will be sealed through a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies.

PFDA was also asked by PNOC RC to scout target location sites for the potential project, as well as identify energy conservation opportunities for RFPs.

In addition, PNOC RC presented their contribution for the potential partnership with PFDA, including a detailed study of the project, important paperwork for the project repair, securing permits and licenses, and preparing of service contract with the Department of Energy, among others.

For his part, PFDA General Manager Glen A. Pangapalan has already given PNOC RC the green light to coordinate with PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) to conduct an initial site survey for the project. PFDA-NFPC is the largest fish port in Southeast Asia.

Source: Manila Bulletin (