Expediting Coal Expansion in the Guise of Development and at the Cost of Human Rights

On 28 June 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 30, Series of 2017, which created the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC). The EICC will lead the streamlining of processes in obtaining permits and regulatory approvals from concerned government agencies to expedite the implementation of Energy Projects of National Significance (EPNS) towards economic growth and development. The issuance is based on the policy to ensure the quality, reliability, security, and affordability of the supply of electric power.