The Power for People Coalition (P4P) has expressed concern over the appointment of former Abotiz Power Corp. chief legal counsel and compliance officer Monalisa Dimalanta as chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Dimalanta is the second Marcos appointee with ties to the Aboitiz Group. Raphael “Popo” Lotilla, a former independent director of AboitizPower, now heads the Department of Energy.
“Yet again we see another appointment tainted with the interest of private companies. In the midst of unceasing electricity price hikes and inflation, it seems that consumer welfare has been once again neglected,” said P4P conveyor Gerry Arances.
Arances challenged Dimalanta to “offer relief to electricity consumers by finally prioritizing affordable and reliable renewable energy sources and putting a stop to the ridiculous attempts by energy and fuel companies to pass on charges despite posting billions of income,” Arances said.
“We long for the day when the ERC is represented by someone completely devoid of any ties to a private entity such as Aboitiz, which is involved in supplying dirty and expensive sources of energy with their seven coal plants,” he noted.
For his part , Senator Win Gatchalian welcomed the appointment of Dimalanta and urged its new chief to carry out the same mandate in undertaking measures to protect electricity consumers.
“I am looking forward to continued collaborative initiatives with the ERC under the new leadership of Atty. Mona Dimalanta. She is a good lawyer with good technical capabilities given her notable career in the energy sector,” Gatchalian said.
Dimalanta has worked with the Office of the Senator on multiple occasions during public consultations and committee hearings when Gatchalian was chairman of the Energy Committee.